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Volume :5 Issue : 20 1985      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Linguistic Approach to Literary Criticism

Auther : Ahmad El-Bakri

This paper aims at throwing some light on the linguistic analysis of poetic style. The first section deals with what is called “linguistic features”. It tackles, for exemplification and illustration, some sample lines of Walt Whitman’s poetry. The emphasis here is on the dissection of the levels of linguistic analysis, the linguistic features expounded here are; the phonological, the lexical, the grammatical, the semantic, and the stylistic.

The second section deals with what we may call “visual effects” , as contrasted with “audio effects”. The emphasis here is on the exploration of the kind of linguistic features that appeal to the eye more than to the ear. A sample analysis of one of EE Cummings poems represents the material of this section trying to offer an answer to the question: how far is the poet successful in achieving his aim, and what are the linguistic devices he employs for his purposes? In answering that question, we had to refer to, and analyze, the phenomenon of Linguistic deviation.

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