English Language Techniques

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Language Techniques

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

Unseen poetry

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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