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Form and uses of language
In this unit we will consider how language can be used in different ways for different...
In this unit 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 prose. Through this we will see how he 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.
By the end of this unit you should have:
- an awareness of how language can be used for different purposes;
- an understanding of the importance of form and word choice when addressing different audiences.
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- 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 unit 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 free course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A103 An introduction to the Humanities, which is no longer taught by the University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
This is an extract 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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Originally published: Thursday, 4th July 2013
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