Mantra To Overcome Depression Analysis

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VILLACORTA, Louise STYLISTICS L85 Dr. Miciano I. Intoduction Stylistics is a form of text analysis that uses the rules of language and devices of thought to deepened meaning that has been understood from the piece. (Ogunsiji, 2012) Through this, if one analyses using literary theories; the work could be furthered using stylistical theories. This paper will be discussing Sierra DeMulder’s poem ‘Mantra To Overcome Depression’ using different stylistical aspects. The first aspect that will be discussed is verbs, as the poem contains 29 sentences; 17 of which start with a verb. Verbs are classified into two categories; transitive and intransitive verbs. Transitive are the verbs used with a direct object while intransitive are those used…show more content…
Graphology focuses on how the piece was written, specifically the style of writing; i.e. the usage of italics, and punctuation. (Ogunsiji, 2012) One of the theorized uses for italics is to emphasize topics that are usually considered taboo or not to be talked about out loud. The words that are slanted are then given a softer, almost whispered, look despite the controversial aspect of the topic. (Spruill, n.d.) The poem contains numerous lines that are italicized. The piece also uses the punctuation mark; period. Short sentences created by the frequent use of the period gives an idea about the pacing and tone for the piece, and also work for dramatic effect. (Lukeman,…show more content…
XXI 31 There is only now, here, 32 look: you are already XXII 33 forgiven. III. Stylistics Analysis A. Verbs TRANSITIVE VERBS INTRANSITIVE VERBS Go outside. (1 - 2) Breathe. (8) Get a good night of sleep. (2 - 3) Meditate.(8) Open the windows. (6) …no longer be afraid of being…(8 - 11) Buy more houseplants. (7) Exercise. (12) Actually exercise instead of just googling it. (12 -13) Actually exercise…(12 - 13) Cook for yourself. (14) Eat well.(14) Organize your closet, the garage. (15 - 16) Drink plenty of water…(16 - 17) …and repeat after me…(16 - 17) Repeat after me….(19 - 22) Forget to take vitamins. (22 - 13) Let the houseplant die. (23) Eat spoonfuls of peanut butter. (24) Shave your head. (25) Forget this poem. (25 - 26) …to remember the grace of… (26 - 30) …you are already forgiven. (31 - 33) Based on the table above, one can already see that there are more transitive verbs than intransitive. Of the stated 23 verbs and verb phrases, 17 are transitive. As verbs are heavily foregrounded in this piece, the importance of action is only furthered by the transitive vs intransitive analysis. This gives the implication that the main technique of overcoming depression is purposeful and deliberate
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