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Aristotle’s Poetics & Oedipus - Diction

Aristotle’s Poetics & Oedipus - Diction

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Aristotle’s PoeticsAristotle’s Poetics& Oedipus& Oedi
 
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Diction?!…..Diction?!…..wonderbread?wonderbread?
 
 
DictionDiction
simply your choice of wordssimply your choice of words
no single, correct diction in the English languageno single, correct diction in the English language
One chooses different words or phrases forOne chooses different words or phrases fordifferent contextsdifferent contexts
A writer or speaker’s distinctive vocabularyA writer or speaker’s distinctive vocabularychoices & style of expressionchoices & style of expression
the art of speaking clearly so that each word isthe art of speaking clearly so that each word isunderstood to its fullest complexity and extremityunderstood to its fullest complexity and extremity
Reveals how a passage establishes tone andReveals how a passage establishes tone andcharacterizationcharacterization
 
 
MetaphorsMet
 
aphors
Metaphors usually appear in the ChorusMetaphors usually appear in the ChorusWhose hand/ Again shall lead us through/ StormWhose hand/ Again shall lead us through/ Stormto tranquility?” (45)to tranquility?” (45)
Oedipus: “ I am the child of fortune,/ the giver of Oedipus: “ I am the child of fortune,/ the giver of good, and I shall not be shamed;/ my sisters aregood, and I shall not be shamed;/ my sisters arethe seasons;/ my rising and my falling march withthe seasons;/ my rising and my falling march withtheirs” (55)theirs” (55)
 The appearance of metaphors within the Chorus The appearance of metaphors within the Chorusis one of the details that make Chorus seemis one of the details that make Chorus seemalmost divinealmost divine
Chorus: “ He was our bastion against disaster, ourChorus: “ He was our bastion against disaster, ourhonoured king.” (59)honoured king.” (59)
Chorus: “ Where a more awful swerve into theChorus: “ Where a more awful swerve into thearms of torment?” (59)arms of torment?” (59)

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