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Perpetual Pages

Characteristics of Lasting Literature

Sanjay Y

on 3 October 2012

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Perpetual Pages Lasting Through the Ages Diction Advanced Syntax Techniques Imagery "Eleven"
Sandra Cisneros "The Story of My Life"
Helen Keller "Eleven"
Sandra Cisneros "The Pie"
Gary Soto "The Story of My Life"
Helen Keller "The Dogs Could Teach Me"
Gary Paulsen "The Dogs Could Teach Me"
Gary Paulsen "The Story of My Life"
Helen Keller Foreshadowing "Eleven"
Sandra Cisneros "The Pie"
Gary Soto "The Story of My Life"
Helen Keller "The Dogs Could Teach Me"
Gary Paulsen "The Pie"
Gary Soto Characteristics of Lasting Literature. Polysyndeton "The Dogs Could Teach Me"
Gary Paulsen Polysyndeton is an advanced syntax technique used by authors to emphasize quantity or size. With this technique the authors create a sentence which uses multiple conjunctions consecutively.Polysyndeton creates a rhythm in the sentence and conveys almost a childlike ecstatic feeling. Also polysyndeton can create be an indicator for tone (ex. rushed, panicking, ecstatic) it applies to text in different ways to help set the mood. For example Gary Paulsen uses polysyndeton to emphasize how happy he felt when the dogs came back for him. Other authors use polysyndeton in similar ways to emphasize feeling and other emotions. All of these are... "Until this morning"(Soto 1) "He pulled up to me, concern in his eyes and making a soft whine, and I reached into his ruff and pulled his head down and hugged him and was never so happy to see
anybody probably in my life"(Paulsen 3). "Later I saw the beauty of it, the falling lobes of blue ice that had grown as the water froze and refroze layering it self"(Paulsen 3). "Eleven"
Sandra Cisneros "The Pie"
Gary Soto "Kind of a big bully who was also a bit of a doofus "(Paulsen 2). "As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other word water"(Keller 2). Authors add interest to their story with the use of imagery so readers can easily paint a picture in their mind of what the author is trying to convey. The better the imagery, the more detailed the reader’s mental picture and much more unique compared to very vague sentences. By creating touch imagery in the quote above, readers can connect with Keller’s feelings of the moment and also feel it themselves. Keller’s description of cold water running over her hand shows the reader how Keller felt at the exact moment when she was introduced to this new way of learning, letting the readers create the image of her and her tutor at the well, scent of honeysuckle filling the air and the cold water gushing vividly in their minds. "In the still dark world in which I lived there were no strong sentiment or tenderness"(Keller 2). "On the afternoon of that eventful day"(Keller 1). "Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in, and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with the beating heart for something to happen?"(Keller 1). "The sun wavered between the branches of a yellowish sycamore"(Soto 1). “A burp perfumed the air” (Soto 1).
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