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In this paper I am going to compare and contrast a literary text (Education for Leisure by Carol Ann Duffy) and a non literary text (Newspaper article from “The Independent” by Nigel Morris) focussing on the language features used, the structural and presentational devices, the use of correct punctuations, analyse the structure of the non literary text for bias and the techniques used to convey meaning and ideas by both authors. The objective of literary texts is to teach the readers a life lesson with the development and growth of the main character as the plot unfolds. These types of texts have a meaning behind the writing instead of just being written for fun. Literary texts mainly focus on problems or weaknesses of the society that are…show more content…

Furthermore, the writer has used the “Inverted Pyramid” technique, meaning, all the key information is at the top with the least important are arranged in descending order. By the reading the first couple of paragraphs or so, the readers can easily get a good overview of what the article is all about.
The structure of the poem is made up of five stanzas of four lines each. The poem is well organised which, in my opinion, that the poet has planned a certain course of action. The one word sentence “Anything” or other short sentences used throughout the poem sets the pace and tone of the poem. It may have been used by the poet to force the message into the readers’ mind. This works well with the violent actions and images in the poem. They also break the flow and rhythm which helps to create the mood and set an angry tone in the poem and also suggesting a ‘broken’ character. Enjambment is the continuation of a sentence form one line or couplet into the next. It is used by Duffy to give the stanzas the rhythm of natural speech which makes the persona sounds more violent and aggressive.
The linguistic and stylistic features used in the newspaper article are factual and accurate, clear and concise to inform its readers. It also authenticates and supports claims and adds weight to its content. The use of quoted references confirmed the factuality of the writer’s information

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