No one escapes high school English without being penalized for writing the odd sentence fragment, but not everyone remembers what they are and how to fix them. Put simply, a sentence fragment is a clause that falls short of true sentencehood because it is missing one of three critical components: a subject, a verb, and a complete thought. We often fail to recognize our sentence fragments because our incomplete thoughts can easily masquerade as sentences. It looks like a sentence.
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The man is the gateway into the poem because he is the first way that the speaker describes her way of seeing: "He seems to me equal to gods that man. The speaker never references the man again after the first two lines, and dismisses him as "whoever he is," which establishes that the central conflict of the poem is not one of jealousy, between the speaker and the man. Instead, she is willing to watch the man and the woman together, and to spend time in that status quo, and in her own transcendental experience of passion. Finally, the parallel between the first line of the poem, "He seems to me," and the climax, "I seem to me," suggests that the shift in the poem is not in social dynamics but in what the speaker chooses to see, and how she sees it. How does the speaker's relationship to her body change from the third to the fourth stanza? In the third stanza, the speaker's body begins to revolt, and she becomes unable to interact with the world as the various parts of her body stop working normally.
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Fragments have missing pieces — a subject, verb or both — which makes the sentence incomplete. Often, fragments appear after a complete sentence, and sometimes you can simply connect the two. To end up with a solid and effective essay, you need to take time to revise your work — and fix those fragments. Fragments are incomplete sentences.