An example of a quote stated in positive form in Louis Zukofsky's A?

A quote in positive form in Louis Zukofsky's A is when the German lady says, “I, too, was born in Arcadia.” Positive sentences or declarative statements affirm the presence of something or establish that something happened.

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What you call a quote in “positive form” could also be called a “positive sentence” or a “declarative statement.” When you say something in a positive way, you’re not necessarily saying something encouraging or uplifting, but you are confirming the existence or presence of something. Let’s look at three examples:

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What you call a quote in “positive form” could also be called a “positive sentence” or a “declarative statement.” When you say something in a positive way, you’re not necessarily saying something encouraging or uplifting, but you are confirming the existence or presence of something. Let’s look at three examples:

  1. I ate four lemon cookies.
  2. The car is outside.
  3. Billie is superb at video games.

In all three statements, I affirmed something. In this first sentence, I declared that I ate four lemon cookies. In the second sentence, I confirmed that the car is outside. In the last sentence, I asserted that Billie is talented when it comes to playing video games.

If you need quotes directly from Louis Zukofsky’s long, multivolume poem A, you should be able to find plenty of examples.

Near the beginning of the first section, a German lady says, “I, too, was born in Arcadia.” That right there is a positive sentence. The German woman is reaffirming that she was born in Arcadia.

There’s also a much longer declarative statement at the start of the poem. You might look at the entire second stanza of the first section. Come to think of it, you should find two positive sentences in that stanza.

The first one—the long one—seems to confirm that Bach’s “The Passion According to Saint Matthew” was performed at Carnegie Hall in 1928 on a Thursday evening.

The second sentence appears to confirm that there were honking cars parked somewhere. However, you could say that the second positive sentence is more of a positive fragment. If you tried to write a sentence like that outside of poetry or creative writing, your teacher might not like it.

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