Analyzing Poe’s Writing Style • An author’s style is formed by the way he uses the following: • Diction (word choice) • Syntax (sentence structure) • Choice of detail • Figurative language
Paying Attention to Diction • Diction refers to the word choice of the author. The best authors choose their words deliberately and to create a certain mood/toneor effect.
Vocabulary for Diction • monosyllabic—a word with one syllable • Cat, car, Poe • polysyllabic—a word with more than one syllable • Castle, Edgar, celebration
Vocabulary for Diction • Words can be informal or formal • They may be referred to as archaic (old-fashioned) or colloquial (everyday language)
Vocabulary for Diction • Words may have denotative meanings. • Denotative means the literal dictionary definition of a word. For example, we could define snake as a scaly, legless reptile that may sometimes be poisonous. • Words could have connotative meanings. • Connotative refers to the associations or emotions that may be tied to a word. For example, horrid and evil are often connected to the ideas of a snake.
Vocabulary for Diction • Words may be described as euphonious or having a pleasant sound. • Frequently words with vowel sounds are considered euphonious. • This is often based on opinions. • Or they may be referred to as cacophonous, or having a harsh sound. • Consonants, especially the Cs and Ks often create a cacophonous sound.