Skip to main content

Questions tagged [style]

Questions related to the style of a literary work or a specific author, i.e. the way in which word choice, sentence structure, imagery, figurative devices, repetition and other aspect of language are used to achieve certain effects.

15 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
13 votes
0 answers
223 views

Vonnegut's writing style as time passed

I've been reading a lot of Vonnegut recently, and I've noticed some interesting stuff. Slaughterhouse-Five or the Children's Crusade, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, and Cat's Cradle are similar to a ...
auden's user avatar
  • 4,792
11 votes
0 answers
121 views

Are the five narrators in The Fifty Year Sword more than a gimmick?

Mark Z. Danielewski's The Fifty Year Sword is told by five narrators whose parts were ostensibly collected in interviews and tightly interleaved. Quoting the first page: Maybe because the history ...
Martin Ender's user avatar
7 votes
0 answers
135 views

Are positive, parable-like vibes a noted pattern in Russian literature (at least for short stories and anecdotes)?

WARNING! The following post contains minor spoilers about the following books: Mikhail Bulgakov - A Country Doctor's Notebook Bonnie Jo Campbell - American Salvage D. W. Wilson - Once your Break a ...
Andrew Cheong's user avatar
4 votes
0 answers
110 views

Why is Len Deighton so fond of American English?

I am British and have lived in Britain my entire life. I have never heard anyone refer to an estate car as a “station wagon”. I have never heard anyone refer to a criminal as a “hood”. I have never ...
Edward Hubbard's user avatar
4 votes
0 answers
134 views

(Why) Is there a shift in style in Toll the Hounds?

By and large, I have found the writing style in the Malazan Book of the Fallen to be consistent across the first seven novels. They were all written by Steven Erikson. However, I feel there is a ...
muru's user avatar
  • 6,979
3 votes
0 answers
177 views

How does the style of Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" affect the way it's read?

Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" is written in a very distinct style. The story is made up of one very long sentence, with different phrases separated by semicolons, each phrase giving a different ...
Mithical's user avatar
  • 25k
3 votes
0 answers
66 views

Why does Tagore not consistently use ‘thou’ when addressing the supreme being in Gitanjali?

The large majority of poems in the English version of Tagore's Gitanjali address a supreme being. Tagore uses the pronouns "thou", "thee" and "thy" in almost all of these ...
Tsundoku's user avatar
  • 45.1k
2 votes
0 answers
71 views

Use of archaic language in certain passages in Evelina

In Evelina by Frances Burney, Rev. Mr. Villars' letters to Evelina as well as Sir John Belmont's addresses to Evelina or generally his speech during their meetings are often heavy with use of archaic ...
Farnaz Jahanbakhsh's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
164 views

Writing style in Isaac Asimov's short story "Nightfall"

I just finished reading the short story "Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov. For some reason, Asimov's writing style reminded me vaguely of the young adult romance novels I used to read in my teens. ...
user392289's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
175 views

Poems or stories with no repeated words?

I am after a poem/story that has no repetitions in words, further, is this a type of writing style? Are there any famous examples where this is the case? Repetition is the act of repeating or ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
29 views

Did Maupassant adapt the style and content of his stories to the newspapers that published them?

Guy de Maupassant published his short stories and novellas in newspapers and periodicals such as Le Figaro, Gil Blas, Le Gaulois and L'Écho de Paris before they were published in book form. Le Figaro ...
Tsundoku's user avatar
  • 45.1k
2 votes
0 answers
88 views

Is Williams's This Is Just to Say an imagist poem, an objectivist poem or neither?

The Wikipedia article about the short poem "This Is Just to Say" claims the text is an imagist poem without backing up that claim. Williams contributed to the anthology Des Imagistes, published in ...
Tsundoku's user avatar
  • 45.1k
2 votes
1 answer
522 views

Did James Joyce's writing style influence Ernest Hemingway?

I'm doing a comparison paper, and I think there is something in common between Joyce's and Hemingway's short story writing: concise but powerful. Is there any evidence that Hemingway's writing style ...
Tai Johnny's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
44 views

What features distinguish the hymnic-epic style from Standard Babylonian?

In the general introduction to Before the Muses: An Anthology of Akkadian Literature (third edition, CDL Press, 2005) Benjamin R. Foster discusses the "Akkadian literary languages": The Babylonians ...
Tsundoku's user avatar
  • 45.1k
1 vote
0 answers
29 views

Why are Sidorio chapters narrated in the present tense in Tide of Terror?

Sidorio, the main antagonist of the Vampirates series, has several stand-alone scenes dotted through the second novel, Tide of Terror. Although the series as a whole is almost entirely narrated in the ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
  • 73.6k