°sing ±²±³´ µnalyze µuthor’s ´tyle
¶hat is ±²±³´ ? Ԙ an acronym that aids you in analyzing a ﬁction or nonﬁction ¾À½ ¯²³ passage. ± ±iction ² ²magery ± ±etail ³ ³anguage ´ ´yntax
±. ±iction ±iction :°ord choice Ԙ °riters choose their words with purpose. ±f we can analyze diction, it can help us understand their theme and purpose. Ԙ ±n order to analyze diction, we have to be able to analyze…
±enotation and ·onnotation ±enotation :²he dictionary or literal meaning of a word. ¸x : °lump = a full, round, and pleasing ﬁgure ·onnotation : ³ll the meanings, associations, or feelings that a word suggests. ¸x : ±at = while similar in denotative meaning to plump, it has a very harsh and mean connotation
¹ow to describe diction Ԙ 1.°ords can be monosyllabic or polysyllabic Ԙ 2.°ords can be concrete (speciﬁc) or abstract (general or conceptual). Ԙ 3.°ords can be mainly denotative (containing an exact meaning, e.g., dress) or connotative (containing suggested meaning, e.g., gown) Ԙ 4.°ords can be mainly colloquial, slang, informal, conversational, or formal . Ԙ 5.°ords can euphonious (pleasant sounding , e.g., languid, murmur, syphilis) or cacophonous (harsh sounding , e.g.,gruﬀ, croak, cabbage)
²magery ´ensory ³anguage: ¶ords and phrases that appeal to the senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and/or taste. ´ensory details create… ºivid descriptions that re-create sensory experiences for the reader, creating “word pictures” Ԙ ²he writer "shows" rather than "tells, " thus allowing the reader to participate in the experience more fully. ²herefore imagery helps to produce mood and tone.
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