Monday, May 24, 2010

What litrary features are in this text! and why the return of native novel is more literary than it?

Rural Dorset is an area of scenic beauty and contrast, criss-crossed by the pretty River Stour and bordered on both sides by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Along the Wiltshire borders lie the rolling downlands of the Cranborne Chase, formerly a royal hunting ground and now a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering high chalkland views, many wild flowers, birds and butterflies.

To the east and the Hampshire borders, heathlands meet the meandering Avon Valley, which forms a delightful natural boundary with the neighbouring New Forest and its woodland and ponies. Holt Heath, a National Nature Reserve, is home to rare and unusual flora and fauna such as the shy Sand Lizard and diminutive Dartford Warbler.

Across the River Stour lies the gentle clay vale and dairying country of the Blackmore Vale, much beloved of Thomas Hardy, with its patchwork fields and hidden hamlets. Beyond, and stretching right over to the coast in the far west of the county, lies the open country of the Dorset Downs, Area of Outstnding Natural Beauty.

The serene and picturesque valleys of the Rivers Stour, Allen and Crane with their tranquil water meadows and lush vegetation are particularly rich in wildlife and make the perfect setting for an afternoon stroll or leisurely ride.

What litrary features are in this text! and why the return of native novel is more literary than it?
Quite a few questions have ben asked about Hardy recently- particularly this one- it would be worth using the search field.

The passage above is purely descriptive using everyday language and everyday associations. This passage can readily be contrasted with the first page of Hardy's novel which is witten in a poetic style using simile, metaphor, personification and words with double meanings- that is why it is "literary"

Examples: the cloud cover is like a "tent"- simile; the word "instalment" in the second paragraph has more than one meaning (something being put in place and an early payment of a piece of night). Personification: the "face" of the heath.

Just think of the contrasts between common language and that of the great writers and you will appreciate what literary means

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