Historical Writing Project

Good and Bad Writing -- Exercises in Evaluating Writing Samples

Descriptive Paragraph

This is an example of a descriptive paragraph, so far there is only one but hopefully that will change soon.

Coogan, Tim Pat. The IRA. New York: Palgrave, 1970.

I think this is a good example of a descriptive paragraph, at least in the sense of describing the British attitude toward captured IRA gunmen.

Pg. 392—Yet the common cry on all sides was ‘no talking to gunman.’ The only acceptable political activity concerning the gunman was to denounce them, impression them, torture them and generally to devote most of ones waking hours to them, but never, never to negotiate with them. Not surprisingly, after a decade of this the problem had neither gone away nor been solved, but neither had there been any formal acknowledgement that they, or more importantly their cause, existed.