This paper carries out a stylistic study of the poem ‘Things Fall Apart’, included in Jackie Kay’s poetic collection ‘Life Mask’ (2005). Kay is a well-known Scottish contemporary writer who has written widely in various genres such as novels, short stories, drama, and poetry. Much of her production explores the concept of identity. For instance, the poetic voice in this poem describes the first encounter with her biological father. In this presentation we focus on the language and, in particular, on the role of repetition, one of the key features in the understanding of the poem. We notice the significance of repetition through lexis, semantic fields, and parallelism. Furthermore, as regards the patterns built in the poem, we consider the relevance of the distribution of syntax in lines (grammetrics). Repetition might be considered to be a negative aspect in speech, a feature to avoid, since it might show that the speaker or writer does not have enough range of vocabulary; therefore, its speech might be labelled as poor. On the other hand, as we will conclude bearing in mind its role in the poem, repetition can also be a very powerful resource in language and communication, used strategically to persuade someone, make the hearer or reader remember something or someone, emphasize an idea, or transmit values such as emotions.
|Keywords:||Repetition, Stylistics, Jackie Kay, Things Fall Apart|
PhD Student, Departamento de Filologías Inglesa y Alemana, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain
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