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A WORD IS DEAD
The title of the poem “ A word is dead “ creates expetation in the reader because you do not generally use the adjective dead referred to a word. Dead implaes something was alive before dying and therefore the intelligenti reader tries to understand the meaning of adjective “dead” in the title.
The structure of the poem consist to sex lines aranged into tercect so the intelligent reader want to understand why the poet has made such division. In order to understand that the reader must read the poem and understand what it is about.
The first tercect says that when somebody says a word it dies and this ia the opinion of “ some say “.
In the second tercect the speacking voices changes: somebody called I says exactly the opposite, according to that opinion when a word is said it begins to live.
The structure of the poem is suitable to content because the text expressive two different opinions amd they are juxyaposed by contrast.
Contrast is therefore the most important devise expoited by the poet to make meaning.
First of all the poet uses contrast even in the choice of passive form (it is said) in the first tercect and the active form in the secons one. In addiction in fhe first stanza the poet expreses the opinion of common unidenified people. In the second stanza the opinion is clearly the of a precise persone (I say). The contrast is also underline by the different position of the subject. This choice highlights such differentces ones again.
The semantic choice add to meaning by contrast. Suffice it to say that dead is the adjective deriving from dying which is the opposite to live. Therefore you can see that the idea of contrast underlining the two points of you expresed in the poem is structural and sfructuring text.
From the point of you of sound you can see that the second tercect does not follow the pattern of the first one. The second tercect seems to take distances from the structure of the first one, has the different position of the subject clearly shows. According to the lyrical I words gain life when they are said while “some say” are convinced that words are no longer meaninful when somebody says them.
The poem is structured to reppresent a waterfall, infact it is composed in six lines. Each line begins a pace after the previous line.
Maybe the meaning is that the water flows away and it brings away every thing, like a waterfall.
The senses most involved are the sight and the hearing: the sight because the structure of the poem reppresents a waterfall and the hearing because the reader can imagine tha waterfall sound.