To twist and manipulate words is a surefire way to have power. For example, if you can turn a phrase, show your education, and roll off complex sentences that seem like spoken word poetry, then people will listen. You have proven your authority through how well you speak. If you can master conventional phrases, whip grammar, use interesting diction, and appeal to your listener, then you can give a speech that will move millions.
I like looking at grammar as a practical, everyday exercise to take control over the power in our own speech and writing. "Incorrect grammar" is usually us twisting and manipulating our words in a powerful----albeit not professional---way. My job is to show you how to have power in the academic setting, decode the grammatical puzzles of complicated sentences, and impress future professors by giving you the grammatical tools for you to express your own voice in academically suitable ways.
Personally, my biggest focuses are 1) making sure commas are used correctly, 2) listing our points in groups of three to empower our arguments through parallel structure, and 3) structuring our sentences for the best syntax. Simply, I want to strengthen your writing to help you express your voice. This requires grammar, or in other words, the underlying rules for our language and the biggest key to success and power.
"Grammar, which knows how to control even kings." - Moliere
"Grammar is a piano I play by ear. I only know its power." - Joan Didion
Comics by David Rickert
Parts of Speech
Grammar in Popular Culture