International Journal of English Research


ISSN: 2455-2186

Vol. 6, Issue 1 (2020)

The uniqueness of the language of literature: A stylistic analysis of Jide Balogun's “a Fool at Fifty”

Author(s): Kolawole Mathew Ogundipe
Abstract:
This study explores the unusual use of language in literature. The Hasan Ghazalah’s (1987) proposed model for the stylistic analysis (SA), cited in Rostami (2012) was adopted for the study to analyze the contents of the selected poem, “A Fool at Fifty”; showing the instances of the unique use of language and the possible meanings it produces in the literary world. This model comprises two major components-‘intuitions about the text as a whole’, and ‘stylistic analysis’ which entails ‘structuring of the layout of a text (that is, Clausing, sentencing, paragraphing and cohesion) and ‘lexis’, containing ‘lexical field and vocabulary’, and other elements. The theoretical framework used, aids the researcher to bring out the unique use of language in the poem under study, and this explicitly shows that language is inevitably modified for cause and effect in a literary text. It also gives answer to the interrogative statement, ‘how indispensable is language modification to inferring meanings from the contents of a text?’
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