Lost In A Sea Of Forgotten Periods
Grammar was always a difficult learning experience; There are too many rules, too many exceptions, and the struggle to remember all of them without being bored or distracted by something else has been daunting. What I learned over time was that grammar was essential when organizing thoughts with emphasis on content, and allowing for clearer communication when struggling to articulate thought to page, although the original hope was that grammar would become, over time, an unconscious event resulting from repetition.
Reading, from a grammatical point of view can allow for different interpretations depending on the pause between a word and how the commas and periods are used to put together thoughts as in poetry, creating imagery from the soul in the space between the lines.
Perhaps my failure was forgetting to become proficient using the semicolon; why has this strange punctuation mark, neither a period nor comma yet both, been lost in a sea of forgotten periods.
The primary reason to use a semicolon is to connect two independent sentences into one, even though it still fails to answer the question why would one want to make two independent clauses, one. Perhaps it would serve to add to the content or process of thought and make the flow of ideas more interesting. For example: This could be a complete sentence; this could be another one. In other cases, if a conjunction (and, but) is used, then a comma instead of semicolon would be appropriate. Example: This could be a complete sentence, and this could be another one.
Sometimes using three or more things in a sentence that already has a comma requires a super comma, another reason to use a semicolon. Example: The quest for the golden Cyclops traversed the globe and included, Tokyo, Japan; Kathmandu, Nepal; New York, New York; Paris, France, and the Island Of Zalu-Za-Had.
Now, as the rules have been revealed, examples given, anyone can become a proficient user of semicolons and find what has been lost in the sea of forgotten periods.