English Lit FORM, STRUCTURE & LANGUAGE

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What does this involve? And what does SPLATS stand for, and what do they involve?
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Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you’ve posted in the right place? Posting in the specific Study Help forum should help get responses.

I'm going to quote in Tank Girl now so she can move your thread to the right place if it's needed. :yy:

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Form: what form is the text, and how does this effect both the way the text is written and the way in which it is received? E.g. the Shakespearian sonnet, the novella, the dramatic monologue. Can also cover genre to some extent, for example literary eras or movements.

Structure: pretty self explanatory, the structure of the text. If it's a poem, the stanza length, metre (or lack of it), and the way the lines are presented on the page should all be commented upon. In a play, the length and speed of dialogue (stichomythia (sp?) is something you should look up), the number of acts and the way the plot is set out fit into this category. For prose it's a bit difficult, but sentence structure, punctuation, grammar and the nature of the dialogue could all be analysed.

Language: everything else. Description, metaphor, imagery, emotion, dialect (and the way it's written - 'Trainspotting' and 'the Color Purple' are good examples of unconventional dialect presentation), how the language relates to the context and all that jazz.

For top marks, all three of these things should be linked to the context of the text being analysed at least once in each paragraph. Source: A* in A Level English

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Also, found the definition of SPLAT (Google is great):

SPLAT:
Structure - how is it laid out, what presentational devices does it use?
Purpose - why was it written?
Language - formal, informal, emotive, provactive...?
Audience - who is it aimed at?
Tone - does the writer sound friendly, neutral, detatched? Is it bitter, ironic, humorous etc?


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What does this involve? And what does SPLATS stand for, and what do they involve?
I got an A* in my A level and the examiner praised my AO2 you're basically analysing the text and working out what effect it has on the reader. This probably doesn't help much, so I'll give you some examples (what text are you doing?). An example of form would be: The numerous shifts between tense and person in this paragraph describing a forest gives a confusing effect, giving the reader an uncomfortable sense of being lost in the woods. Structure: The paralling of these scenes gives the effect of... Or, The fact that the story is told in this order, rather than the chronological order, means... Language: analysing words and punctuation itself, for example - the fact that 'spot' in My Last Duchess is a plosive gives the effect of the Duke spitting the word out in anger, or the fact that the words 'straight black lips' are metrically stressed gives an impression of disgust. Hope this helps!
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