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Synonyms in poetry
Posted By: Hashem
Date: Friday, 15 March 2013, at 10:20 a.m.
I have a somewhat strange strange question. Here it goes. You know how in a long poem or novel, an author might use slightly differrent words that refer to the same thing in different context.Do you know of any studies that address how this author chooses the words in order to suit the context (preferably this has to be subtle).
I'll make up an example so that you might know what I am talking about (excuse its crappiness)
For example, "The boy went to the fetch some water.... The lad came to the fighting match"
The word lad was used in the second sentence instead of boy although it refers to the same person because lad has a scottish connotation and scots are famous for their bravery and fighting matches require bravery.
I'll try to make the question clearer. Imagine that this is a poem:
"The boy went to the fetch some water.... The lad came to the fighting match"
The boy and the lad refer to the same person (e.g. Tom). However, the author chose to use different words for the same person. Why? because each word suits the context better than the other word.The poet could have used "The boy came to the fighting match" but he didn't because lad has a bravery connotation unlike boy.
Now, here's my question: Is there any ype of studies that explain why poets use a certain word in a context then a slighltly different word in another context like the one I provided.
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