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In this free course, Form and uses of language, we will consider how language can be used in different ways for different purposes. To do this we will use the theme of memorial and commemoration. In the first section we briefly discuss the life of the poet Siegfried Sassoon before examining both his poetry and his prose. Through this we will see how Sassoon conveys meaning in different ways for different audiences using different forms. Following this we discuss more generally how different meanings can be conveyed using prose and poetic language.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand how language can be used for different purposes
- understand the importance of form and word choice when addressing different audiences.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Siegfried Sassoon: a case study
- 2 Using language in poetry and prose
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Form and uses of language
In this course we will consider how language can be used in different ways for different purposes. To do this we will use the theme of memorial and commemoration. After briefly discussing the life of the poet Siegfried Sasoon we will examine both his poetry and prose. Through this we will see how he conveys meaning in different ways for different audiences using different forms. Following this we will discuss more generally how different meanings can be conveyed using prose and poetic language.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free English Language courses or view the range of currently available OU English Language courses.
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