Diction

Diction is the writer’s choice of words and phrases and how those phrases convey their story. Depending on the type of diction used, colloquial, abstract, etc., the chosen concept, idea, point of view, or plot is going to be more or less effectively conveyed.

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  • Abstract Diction
    Abstract diction occurs when the poet wants to express something ephemeral, or ungraspable.
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  • Colloquial Diction
    Colloquial diction is conversational in nature and can be seen through the use of informal words that represent a specific place or time.
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  • Formal Diction
    Formal diction is used when the setting is sophisticated. This could be anything from a speech, to a paper submitted to a journal.
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  • Palimpsest
    Palimpsests are reused pieces are parchment, usually made of calf, lamb, or goat skin. These scrolls or books were washed or scraped clean until the papers could be used again. 
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  • Slang Diction
    Slang diction contains words that are very specific to a region and time, and have been recently coined.
  • Speaker in Poetry
    The speaker in a piece of poetry might be the poet, an imagined character, a creature or even an object.
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