Different language techniques
- Sibilance - a word/phrase with a number of 's' sounds in order to create a hissing effect.
- Imagery - using descriptions so the reader may enivision themselves there. Moreover, analyse these descriptions: do the colours represent a type of mood? Are there any unexpected similies?
- Hyperbole - use of exagerration for emphasis
- Cacophony - a mixture of sounds to create a harsh effect
- Assonance - the repetition of a vowel sound
- Emotive language - use of emotions to create empathy (to understand the emotions of another)
- Colloquial language - informal language
- Think about the intentions of the author by the means of which effect they would like to create, such as tension, fear etc. Then describe how this effect is shown.
- Plosive - a word containing harsh sounds such as p, t, k, d, b, g which can create a shock and a juddering effect.
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How to analyse an unseen poem
Identify the attitudes and feelings in the poem…
- What are the different emotions and feelings of the narrator or poet?
- What is the mood or atmosphere of the poem (e.g. sad, angry, etc.)?
- How has the poet used different poetic techniques to show these attitudes and feelings?
Identify the poetic techniques used in the poem…
- What are the different poetic techniques that the poet has used to show the attitudes and feelings in the poem?
- How has the poet shown these feelings through form and structure (e.g. rhyme, rhythm, line length, stanza length, etc.)?
- How has the poet used poetic devices to show these feelings (e.g. metaphors, similes, caesura, enjambment, alliteration, juxtaposition, personification, etc.)?
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