posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 11:26 AM
Originally posted by CRB86
They are not errors. Apostrophes can be used as contraction markers to indicate where a word or letters is left out.
In all these examples, within the context of the poem, the 's represents IS.
Noun is, Verb is, Can is.
W'ile I d'd rea'ize t'ey we'e re'resentative o' "is" a'd tha' t'is w's a po'm wh'ch h's a wi'e la'itude of f'eedom ca'led
"poe'ic li'cence" (sp.?), I d'd n't kn'w w' c'uld ma'e n'n-c'mmon con'ractions, e'pecially o't o' no'ns su'h a' th' no'n
Cleaned up a bit for readability:
While I did realize they were representative of "is" and that this was a poem which has a wide latitude of freedom called "poetic liscence"
(sp.?), I did not know we could make non-common contractions, especially out of nouns such as the noun "noun".
Much to my surprise, I checked the manuals of style and could not find any rules on non-common contractions. In school we were only allowed common
contractions and by college/university we were not allowed any contractions whatsoever.
I realize they change the rules and even the spelling of words annually. For instance, "learnt" was not an acceptable word in school; but now,
it's in most of the Internet dictionaries. Words such as "dunno" which started with that lame-brain cartoon are listed as common contractions
Essentially, I found NO rules saying we couldn't make contractions out of words which are not common contractions.
Thank you for the "heads up".
This thread is more fun than CT!
[edit on 26-10-2009 by Trexter Ziam]