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					 Diction, Allusion, and
 figurative Language
How to utilize and find tone and
             theme
            Diction refers to:
• Denotation
• Connotations
• Word choice: concrete which refers to the
  particular specific thing OR abstract offering
  something more general
• Concrete: “Hollow of cheek as though it drank
  the wind/And took a mess of shadows for its
  meat” (Yeats)
• Abstract: she has a thin wasted look on her face
   Some tools when dealing with
            diction (5)
• Controlling image – you should know this
• Alliteration – you should know this
• Onomatopoeia – you should know
  this…whir, buzz, grrrr, argggh
• Style – formal, conversational, wordy,
  poetic, lyrical…dialectic
• Synesthesia – describing one sense in
  relation to another… i.e. the cold smell of
  a potato
  Allusion: references where myth
          and symbol help
• An indirect reference to any person place
  or thing…which has an assumed
  understanding
• Enrich meaning
• If not glossed in text you must look up
• Glossing: a medieval tool
  Figurative Language: 5 types
• Simile – like or as
• Metaphor – not like or as (extended
  version)
• Personification – making the non-human
  human
• Hyperbole – exaggeration
• Apostrophe – Personification addressed
           Note about writing
• Word choice dictates imagery
• Imagery dictates tone
• In a paper you can write: Through the word
  choice the poet conveys a tone
• But…you can not say the reverse…be
  careful…think which element came first to create
  the other.
• For instance…Through the use of synesthesia,
  the poet captures a powerful controlling image of
  the cellar…..
• Tone in turn helps contribute to the overall
  theme

				
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