Second essay: form & content

Always write about form & content:
what is their relationship
how do they interact
when are they complementary
when are they opposed
how are they dynamic

ie.
What happens when Whitman writes a short line?
How does the haunted house influence the mood or genre of Pudd’nhead?
What is the role of the parody at the end of Douglass’ Narrative?
Why do so many letters get reproduced in Ruth Hall?

and of course:
simile
metaphor
metonymy
synecdoche
irony
understatement
hyperbole
apostrophe
personification
diction

How would the word “regal” affect my talking about a doughnut?
If I addressed the doughnut, “O noble doughnut!”?

Jonathan

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