Poetry: Diction and Syntax

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Last updated: December 14, 2019
diction
word choice

specific diction
objects or conditions that can be perceived or imagined

general diction
signifies broad classes of persons , objects, and phenomena

concrete diction
conditions or qualities that are exact and particular

abstract diction
qualities that are rarefied and theoretical

idiom
a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words

dialect
words and pronunciation of a particular region or group

slang
informal and sub-standard vocabulary and idiom

jargon
words and idioms developed by a particular group of people to fit their special needs

denotation
standard dictionary meaning of a word

connotation
refers to the emotional, psychological, or social overtones that words carry beyond their denotations

decorum
diction and syntax match the content of the work/literature

repetition
reuse of the same words and phrases

parallelism
duplication of forms and word order

antithesis
contrasting situations or ideas that use a similar structure

chiasmus
means by which poets create emphasis **abba**

juxtaposition
two opposite things placed together

enjambment
a line having no end punctuation but running over to the next line

“The Lamb”
Diction: low-middle; specific and abstract dictionSyntax: repetition, enjambment, parallelismDecorum: yes (diction shows the language of a child)

“The Tyger”
Diction: middle-high; specific dictionSyntax: repetition, enjambmentDecorum: yes (makes the poem faster which signifies anger and harshness)

“Naming of Parts”
Diction: middle (and jargon); specific dictionSyntax: enjambment, antithesisDecorum: yes

“Dolor”
Diction: middle-high; general and specific diction (jargon)Syntax: parallelismDecorum: yes

“Eating Poetry”
Diction: low-middle; concrete and specificSyntax: parallelism, enjambmentDecorum- yes

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