ERIC Number: ED224284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Repetition, Confusion and Surprise: A Stylistics Based Approach to Teaching Poetry in EFL Classrooms.
A stylistics-based approach to teaching poetry in the English as a foreign language classroom is examined. Since students may not have the linguistic skills to appreciate a poem, an analytical framework is proposed that includes the elements of repetition, confusion, and surprise. Reference is made to two poems, "In a Season of Unemployment" (Margaret Avison) and "Political Meeting," (A. M. Klein) which are appended. Repetition occurs on all three levels of language: phonological, lexical, and syntactical. At the phonological level, there may be repetition of any segment of a word. At the lexical level, repetition of single lexemes may occur, as well as repetitions of lexemes with common semantic features. At the level of syntax, there are many examples of syntactic structures being repeated in parallel (items of the same class occuring in the same places in the same sentences). The element of confusion is used to illustrate the ways in which poets fuse elements that are separate in conventional use, or separate elements that are unitary in conventional use. In addition, poets often surprise the reader with unusual or unexpected combinations. A stylistic study of literature can enable students to see the way language is used to express situations unconventionally and can develop in students sensitivity to the communicative potential of language. It is suggested that this approach makes literature an integral part and natural extension of language learning. (SW)
Descriptors: Ambiguity, English (Second Language), Figurative Language, Higher Education, Language Patterns, Language Styles, Language Usage, Literature, Phonology, Poetry, Second Language Instruction, Semantics, Syntax, Teaching Methods
Institute of Education, London University, 20 Bedford Way, London W.C. 1, England.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
Note: In its "English Literature for EFL," Working Documents 2.