Describing Stylistics as a Concept in English Studies Essay

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Describing Stylistics as a Concept in English Studies

Definition

Stylistics applies linguistics to literature in the hope of arriving
at analyses which are more broadly based, rigorous and objective. The
pioneers were the Prague and Russian schools, but their approaches
have been appropriated and extended by radical theory in recent years.
Stylistics can be evaluative (i.e. judge the literary worth on
stylistic criteria), but more commonly attempts to simply analyse and
describe the workings of texts which have already been selected as
noteworthy on other grounds.

Stylistic analysis in linguistics refers to the identification of
patterns of usage in speech and writing. Analyses can appear
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USE IN ENGLISH STUDIES

Why employ stylistics at all in the study of English? Because form is
important in poetry and language, and stylistics has the largest
armory of analytical weapons. At this point, the study of language
moves into either 'stylistics' or 'literary studies'.

• Stylistic analysis is a normal part of literary studies. It is
practised as a part of understanding the possible meanings in a text.

• It is also generally assumed that the process of analysis will
reveal the good qualities of the writing.

• Take the opening lines of Shakespeare's Richard III

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;

• A stylistic analysis might reveal the following points:

· the play is written in poetic blank verse

· that is - unrhymed, iambic pentameters

· the stresses fall as follows

· Now is the winter of our discontent

· [notice that the stress falls on vowel sounds]

· the first line is built on a metaphor

· the condition of England is described in terms of the season
'winter'

· the term 'our' is a form of the royal "we"

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