Green Leaves wrote:Okay, I'll give this a shot:
Suddenly, without warning, I was doubled over in pain. After four hours in the emergency room, the doctors ordered a catscan which showed evidence of kidney stones. It was soon determined, however, that I would be admitted for further observation. Why had I just written that poem, "Blessed By Pain"? This wasn't one of God's little blessings, was it?
The only comma I would delete is the one after poem
, since the title of the poem "Blessed by Pain" is ESSENTIAL information, right? The irony of it.
If the title or content of the poem didn't add anything to your paragraph, then you'd need a comma.
It is one of the most difficult things for ME to understand... I'm still trying to get my head around what makes something essential or non-essential, especially in phrases like "her husband, Glen.
" If it isn't done correctly, the implication is that there might be more than one husband, but the writer is referring only to the one named Glen.
You write "her son Joe" if there is more than one son and you need to clarify it's Joe and not Tom, Dick, or Harry. No commas, since it is essential. (Unless it's not... if it doesn't matter which son it was.)
I might be making it more difficult for myself (and you) than it is.