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Form and uses of language

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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.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Updated Friday 5th February 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under English Language
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Form and uses of language

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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.

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