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Title

A PRAGMA-LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF J.P. CLARK’S ‘THE CASUALTIES’ AND KOFI AWOONOR’S ‘SONG OF SORROW’

Authors

ASIYANBOLA  Akinola Akintunde, Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Nigeria

Published

© Ife Studies in English Language Vol. 12 (1) 2016, pp. 1-15

Language

English

Abstract:

In this paper, the linguistic elements that are significant to the meaning of the two poems: The Casualties by J.P. Clark and Song of Sorrow by Kofi Awoonor are explicated. This is different from the approach adopted by scholars in literary circles who always base their approach on the intuition of the reader. Here, we are able to arrive at the meaning of the two poems as a result of the examination of the linguistic, social and pragmatic clues inherent in them. The foregrounded linguistic elements in forms of deviation, dominance, syntactic parallelism and repetition are highlighted and analysed in order to arrive at the literary meaning of the texts. In addition, we situate the two poems in the pragmatic circumstances in which they are produced in order to discuss the data that depict the theme and literary meaning of the two lamentations. 

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