ARCHAISM AS A STYLISTIC MARKER INSELECTED POEMS BY EDGAR ALLAN POE
Journal of Al-qadisiya in arts and educational sciense,
2008, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 69-76
AbstractStylistics deals with the study of linguistic features in a certain chosen text .The present paper is an attempt to apply the stylistic modal of Crystal and Davy (1969) on a number of selected poems by the American poet Edgar Allan Poe. The stylistically significant feature, which is traced here, is archaism. The level of analysis dealt with is morphology and reference is going to be made to other levels when necessary. The statement of frequency used is the continuum of frequency. Archaism is used to refer to any term used in relation to any field of language structure for an old word or phrase or structure no longer in use whether spoken or written. There are different stages for archaisms .The use of these stages is very much clear in Poe's poems. Each of these stages draws an effect on the work that is not available when it is absent. In addition to these archaic words, Poe uses historical references to ancient mythological figures or objects. The poems chose for investigation are: The Raven, To Helen, The Coliseum, To Science, and Lenore.
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