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Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays, and Prose

Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays, and Prose

  • Author: Mick Short
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 399
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Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays and Prose examines how readers interact with literary works, how they understand and are moved by them. Mick Short considers how meanings and effects are generated in the three major literary genres, carying out stylistic analysis of poetry, drama and prose fiction in turn. He analyses a wide range of extracts from English literature, adopting an accessible approach to the analysis of literary texts which can be applied easily to other texts in English and in other languages. This volume provides a clear and broad-ranging introduction to stylistic analysis - the first to cover all three literary genres in detail. The introduction provides a very useful overview of stylistics as a whole and discusses the links between linguistics and literary criticism. Detailed analysis of each genre follows, with exercises designed to develop ideas further. There is also extended discussion of the exercises and suggestions for further readings for those interested in carrying out their own stylistic analyses. A particularly useful feature of the book is the series of checksheets of style features to look for when analysing texts, which occur at the ends of chapters. This study will be of particular interest to undergraduate students interested in stylistic analysis and the accounts of up-to-date analytical methods will also be relevant to advanced students and researchers.

Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays and Prose

Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays and Prose

  • Author: Mick Short
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781138470859
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Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays and Prose examines how readers interact with literary works, how they understand and are moved by them. Mick Short considers how meanings and effects are generated in the three major literary genres, carrying out stylistic analysis of poetry, drama and prose fiction in turn. He analyses a wide range of extracts from English literature, adopting an accessible approach to the analysis of literary texts which can be applied easily to other texts in English and in other languages. This volume provides a clear and broad-ranging introduction to stylistic analysis - the first to cover all three literary genres in detail. The introduction provides a very useful overview of stylistics as a whole and discusses the links between linguistics and literary criticism. Detailed analysis of each genre follows, with exercises designed to develop ideas further. There is also extended discussion of the exercises and suggestions for further readings for those interested in carrying out their own stylistic analyses. A particularly useful feature of the book is the series of check sheets of style features to look for when analysing texts, which occur at the ends of chapters. This study will be of particular interest to undergraduate students interested in stylistic analysis and the accounts of up-to-date analytical methods will also be relevant to advanced students and researchers.

Language and Creativity

Language and Creativity

The Art of Common Talk

  • Author: Ronald Carter
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317332660
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 288
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Language and Creativity has become established as a pivotal text for courses in English Language, Linguistics and Literacy. Creativity in language has conventionally been regarded as the preserve of institutionalised discourses such as literature and advertising, and individual gifted minds. In this ground-breaking book, bestselling author Ronald Carter explores the idea that creativity, far from being simply a property of exceptional people, is an exceptional property of all people. Drawing on a range of real examples of everyday conversations and speech, from flatmates in a student house and families on holiday to psychotherapy sessions and chat-lines, the book argues that creativity is an all-pervasive feature of everyday language. Using close analysis of naturally occurring language, taken from a unique 5 million word corpus, Language and Creativity reveals that speakers commonly make meanings in a variety of creative ways, in a wide range of social contexts and for a diverse set of reasons. This Routledge Linguistics Classic is here reissued with a new preface from the author, covering a range of key topics from e-language and internet discourse to English language teaching and world Englishes. Language and Creativity continues to build on the previous theories of creativity, offering a radical contribution to linguistic, literary and cultural theory. A must for anyone interested in the creativity of our everyday speech.

Style in Fiction

Style in Fiction

A Linguistic Introduction to English Fictional Prose

  • Author: Geoffrey N. Leech,Mick Short
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • ISBN: 9780582784093
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 404
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"Style in Fiction is a welcome addition to a body of writings by stylisticians who have over the past two decades cumulatively increased our knowledge of the workings of language in a range of literary genres." Applied Linguistics (about the first edition) This book describes the ways in which the techniques of linguistic analysis and literary criticism can be combined, and illuminated, through the linguistic study of literary style. It draws on the prose fiction of the last 150 years to demonstrate the approach.

The Language of Suspense in Crime Fiction

The Language of Suspense in Crime Fiction

A Linguistic Stylistic Approach

  • Author: Reshmi Dutta-Flanders
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137470283
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 500
  • View: 1389
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This book introduces readers to linguistic stylistic analysis and combines both literary and linguistic analysis to explore suspense in crime fiction. Employing critical linguistics, discourse analysis and functional grammar, it demonstrates that suspense in plot-based stories is created through non-linear, causative presentation of the narrative. The author investigates how plot sequence is manipulated to ensure the reader cannot resolve the order of events until the end of the tale. From two-dimensional circumstantial detection in mystery stories to three-dimensional re-evaluation of offender orientation, she uses a linguistic-based stylistic framework to analyse offender motive. She also employs a 'discourse-based' frame analysis to examine the plot structure of crime stories for micro context and set-up scenarios, demonstrating that it is the unravelling of these devices that creates the suspense in murder mysteries and thrillers alike. Finally, she shows how grammaticization of the offending-self reveals an embedded diegetic space in the offender engagement discourse, provoking an intellectual and affective response and reshaping our overall outlook of the crime in the story. This book will appeal to researchers and students from literary and non-literary backgrounds looking for theoretical and practical advice on the linguistic stylistic approach to reading texts.

A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry

A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry

  • Author: Geoffrey N. Leech
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317869656
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 256
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Seeks to demonstrate that the study of English poetry is enriched by the insights of modern linguistic analysis, and that linguistic and critical disciplines are not separate but complementary. Examining a wide range of poetry, Professor Leech considers many aspects of poetic style, including the language of past and present, creative language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre, context and ambiguity.

In the Language of My Captor

In the Language of My Captor

  • Author: Shane McCrae
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • ISBN: 0819577138
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 108
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Acclaimed poet Shane McCrae’s latest collection is a book about freedom told through stories of captivity. Historical persona poems and a prose memoir at the center of the book address the illusory freedom of both black and white Americans. In the book’s three sequences, McCrae explores the role mass entertainment plays in oppression, he confronts the myth that freedom can be based upon the power to dominate others, and, in poems about the mixed-race child adopted by Jefferson Davis in the last year of the Civil War, he interrogates the infrequently examined connections between racism and love. A reader’s companion is available at wesleyan.edu/wespress/readerscompanions.

Making Your Own Days

Making Your Own Days

The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry

  • Author: Kenneth Koch
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0684824388
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 320
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Selections from the work of sixty-five poets, from Homer and Ovid to Frank O'Hara and John Ashberry, accompany a discussion of poetry, including meter, line division, rhyme, and poetic forms

Opus Posthumous

Opus Posthumous

Poems, Plays, Prose

  • Author: Wallace Stevens
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307791866
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 352
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When Opus Posthumous first appeared in 1957, it was an appropriate capstone to the career of one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. It included many poems missing from Stevens's Collected Poems, along with Stevens's characteristically inventive prose and pieces for the theater. Now Milton J. Bates, the author of the acclaimed Wallace Stevens: A Mythology of Self, has edited and revised Opus Posthumous to correct the previous edition's errors and to incorporate material that has come to light since original publication. A third of the poems and essays in this edition are new to the volume. The resulting book is an invaluable literary document whose language and insights are fresh, startling, and eloquent. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Yeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose

Yeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose

Authoritative Texts, Contexts, Criticism

  • Author: William Butler Yeats
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 9780393974973
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 518
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This brand new collection, impeccably edited by James Pethica, presents a comprehensive selection of Yeats's major contributions in poetry, drama, prose fiction, autobiography, and criticism.

Language and Style

Language and Style

  • Author: Dan McIntyre, Ph.D.,Beatrix Busse
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780230231566
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 560
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Inspired by Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays and Prose, Mick Short’s classic introduction to stylistics, Language and Style represents the state-of-the-art in literary stylistics and encompasses the full breadth of current research in the discipline. Written by leading scholars in the field, chapters cover a variety of methodological and analytical approaches, from traditional qualitative analysis to more recent developments in cognitive and corpus stylistics. Addressing the three, key literary genres of poetry, drama and narrative, Language and Style is divided into carefully balanced sections. Based on original research, each chapter demonstrates a particular analytic technique and explains how this might be applied to a text from one of the literary genres. Framed by helpful introductory material covering the foundational principles of stylistics, the chapters act as practical exemplars of how to carry out stylistic analysis. Comprehensive and engaging, this invaluable resource is essential reading for anyone interested in stylistics.

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry

Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice

  • Author: Gary L. McDowell,Frank Daniel Rzicznek
  • Publisher: Rose Metal PressInc
  • ISBN: 9780978984885
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 192
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A gathering of 34 brief essays and 66 prose poems by contemporary practitioners.

The Language of Fiction

The Language of Fiction

A Writer's Stylebook

  • Author: Brian Shawver
  • Publisher: UPNE
  • ISBN: 1611683300
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 242
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In the world of prose, writing fiction has its own sets of rules, norms, and worries. In addition to developing plot and characters, a fiction writer must also make decisions about such things as what tense best suits a narrative, how to punctuate and attribute dialogue, and whether to phonetically construct speech dialects. Informal and engaging in tone, The Language of Fiction guides professional writers and students alike through the fiction-writing process. While many books that deal with fiction writing explore content-based issues such as characterization, setting, and plot, this unique new stylebook by author and writing instructor Brian Shawver focuses exclusively on language and how it is used in fiction. Beginning with stylistic decisions relating to tenses, dialogue, and thought, Shawver moves on to fundamentals of language, such as the proper use of the past-perfect tense and objective and subjective pronouns, questions of proper diction, and modifying participial phrases. He then explores the many nuances of punctuation as used in fiction. He provides a final section on common errors in fiction writing and how to avoid them. The Language of Fiction is a vital addition to every writer's reference bookshelf and an essential tool in any fiction classroom or workshop.

The Sense of Style

The Sense of Style

The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

  • Author: Steven Pinker
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • ISBN: 0143127799
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 368
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"Charming and erudite . . . The wit and insight and clarity he brings . . . is what makes this book such a gem." --Time.com Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing--and why should we care? In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the cognitive scientist, dictionary consultant, and New York Times-bestselling author Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for the twenty-first century. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the scolding tone and Spartan tastes of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right. The Sense of Style is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in letters and literature and are curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best.

Cognitive Stylistics

Cognitive Stylistics

Language and Cognition in Text Analysis

  • Author: Elena Semino,Jonathan Culpeper
  • Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
  • ISBN: 9789027233318
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 333
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This book represents the state of the art in cognitive stylistics a rapidly expanding field at the interface between linguistics, literary studies and cognitive science. The twelve chapters combine linguistic analysis with insights from cognitive psychology and cognitive linguistics in order to arrive at innovative accounts of a range of literary and textual phenomena. The chapters cover a variety of literary texts, periods, and genres, including poetry, fictional and non-fictional narratives, and plays. Some of the chapters provide new approaches to phenomena that have a long tradition in literary and linguistic studies (such as humour, characterisation, figurative language, and metre), others focus on phenomena that have not yet received adequate attention (such as split-selves phenomena, mind style, and spatial language). This book is relevant to students and scholars in a wide range of areas within linguistics, literary studies and cognitive science.

Essays on Music and Language in Modernist Literature

Essays on Music and Language in Modernist Literature

Musical Modernism

  • Author: Katherine O'Callaghan
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351865889
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 296
  • View: 9646
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This volume explores the role of music as a source of inspiration and provocation for modernist writers. In its consideration of modernist literature within a broad political, postcolonial, and internationalist context, this book is an important intervention in the growing field of Words and Music studies. It expands the existing critical debate to include lesser-known writers alongside Joyce, Woolf, and Beckett, a wide-ranging definition of modernism, and the influence of contemporary music on modernist writers. From the rhythm of Tagore’s poetry to the influence of jazz improvisation, the tonality of traditional Irish music to the operas of Wagner, these essays reframe our sense of how music inspired Literary Modernism. Exploring the points at which the art forms of music and literature collide, repel, and combine, contributors draw on their deep musical knowledge to produce close readings of prose, poetry, and drama, confronting the concept of what makes writing "musical." In doing so, they uncover commonalities: modernist writers pursue simultaneity and polyphony, evolve the leitmotif for literary purposes, and adapt the formal innovations of twentieth-century music. The essays explore whether it is possible for literature to achieve that unity of form and subject which music enjoys, and whether literary texts can resist paraphrase, can be simply themselves. This book demonstrates how attention to the role of music in text in turn illuminates the manner in which we read literature.

Collected Poems and Prose

Collected Poems and Prose

  • Author: Harold Pinter
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • ISBN: 9780802134349
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 124
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Poems and prose pieces personally selected by the playwright demonstrate the characteristics of his literary excursions outside the realm of drama.

Feeling as a Foreign Language

Feeling as a Foreign Language

The Good Strangeness of Poetry

  • Author: Alice Fulton
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 309
  • View: 7286
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In Feeling as a Foreign Language, Alice Fulton considers poetry's uncanny ability to access and recreate emotions so wayward they go unnamed. Fulton contemplates topics ranging from the intricacies of a rare genetic syndrome to fractals from the aesthetics of complexity theory to the need for "cultural incorrectness." Along the way, she falls in love with an outrageous 17th century poet, argues for a Dickinsonian tradition in American letters, and calls for a courageous poetics of inconvenient knowledge.

Stylistics

Stylistics

  • Author: Richard Bradford
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134860684
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 240
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Richard Bradford provides a definitive introductory guide to modern critical ideas on literary style and stylistics. It will provide students with a basic grasp of stylistics and literary analysis. This comprehensive and accessible guidebook for undergraduates examines: * the terminology of literary form * how literary style has evolved since the sixteenth century * the role of stylistics in twentieth century criticism * the discipline of stylistics from classical rhetoric to post-structuralism * the relationship between literary style and its historical context * style and gender * examples of poems, plays and novels from Shakespeare to the present day.

The Ascent of Babel

The Ascent of Babel

An Exploration of Language, Mind, and Understanding

  • Author: Gerry T. M. Altmann,Andrea Enzinger
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
  • ISBN: 0198523777
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 257
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An exploration of the ways in which the mind produces and understands language, for the general reader who wishes to discover the secret of language.