Seamus Deane Diction

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Early on, as children, we are influenced directly as well as indirectly by an innumerable amount of outside forces. These forces later dictate our train of thought and blend in with or own unique character. Seamus Deane’s experiences with vivid, picturesque novels and truthful, simple writings clearly impacted him and his style of writing shown by his choice of diction, syntax, imagery and the way he regards both the novel and essay. Overall his diction is simple and easy, but there are moments when he shifts to “long and strange words”. His simple diction, such as “good”, “bad” and “many” are all solid words, with no need for imagination when interpreting. Such simple diction is an influence he picked up from the teachings of his childhood. It was his school master who informed him that real writing was “telling the truth”. It was in the “country boy’s” paper that he first reveled in the beauty of such simple diction; of such straight forward and blunt word choice used to describe a “blue-and-white jug full of milk” or a “covered dish of potatoes”. The objects are simply what they are; nothing…show more content…
His description of Ann, “dark hair…deep golden brown eyes and her olive skin”, parallels the country boy’s description of the “blue-and-white jug full of milk”. Both descriptions are an actual account of the object or person being described; there is no vivid or extravagant detail to be found. This is his way of paying somewhat of a tribute to the simplistic style he discovers in the images of the country boy’s depiction of “ordinary life”. Just as he employs the images of simplicity, he uses the imagery found in the novels of unseen beauty as well. Such scenes as “the night wind wailing on graveyards and empty hillsides” and “those wispy, shawly figures…above the great fire and below the aching high wind” are clearly images from a world beyond the ordinary. A world created in the novels of his
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