Variety and style in written English — II. The language of literature
One of the defining features of literature is its special use of language. In many novels and short stories, in drama and especially in verse and poetry, language is itself foregrounded or ‘made strange’. Its style is different from that of other everyday uses. It is said to deviate from ordinary language. By applying to literary texts the methods of analysis which have been demonstrated on other varieties of English, you can discover interesting facts about the language of literature, and these will help in your evaluation of a literary work.
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