Diction

We have been revising unfamiliar texts and today we talked about diction in poetry. Diction is the choice and use of words in the poem.

When you are commenting on diction look at the writer’s choice of words, phrases, sentence structures and figurative language, which combine to help create meaning.

Formal diction consists of a dignified, impersonal, and elevated use of language; it follows the rules of syntax exactly and is often characterised by complex words and a lofty tone. Informal diction represents the plain language of everyday use, and often includes idiomatic expressions, slang, contractions, and many simple, common words.

The diction that the poet chooses obviously has a profound effect on the poem. It is important to consider whether the poet has used a specific type of language in the poem.

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