A Stylistic Analysis Of E. E. Cumming's 'Love Is More Thicker'

Wirya Ahmed Ameen


The present paper views the stylistic method to literature as an approach that takes part in two important aspects of the study of literature: its understanding and enjoyment. It is evident that such a topic will concentrate on the detailed analysis of the use of language in a given literary text, and the effect of this use on the reader, rather than evaluating a literary work by intuition. As this branch of linguistics is complex and involves various levels, the paper will confine itself to the concept of 'foregrounding' in stylistics. The data is derived from an untitled poem by the American poet and novelist E. E. Cummings. As the poem is untitled, literary analysts often use the first line of the poem 'love is more thicker' as its title.

     To conduct the analysis, the paper is divided into four sections: Section one presents the preliminaries; section two deals with the levels of language that are usually at work in literary analyses; section three is the core of the study; it is the practical section in which the poem in question is analysed in terms of a stylistic perspective. In this section, selected levels of language, that are clearly seen to be at work in the poem, are analysed on the basis of foregrounding.  Section four, eventually, presents the conclusion in which the major findings are summed up and discussed. The paper ends with the researcher's suggestion for further relevant study.

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