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    • AO2 – Language, structure, form Close textual analysis and narrative
    • Feedback from the ‘Lamia’ essay• Everyone focused on language, structure or form (form needs a little work for some people)• The story was referred to frequently• Other factors, such as context, were avoided• Discussion regarding
    • Evaluating – close textual analysis• When you are talking about the language being used – maybe for characterisation, or description of the setting – you need to comment on the specific meanings of the language you are quoting.• You can also closely analyse structural features – picking out particular examples of enjambment and caesura.
    • How could thisExample 1 - language comment/analysis be developed into evaluation?The narrative perspective in lines 350-397 of ‘Lamia’aids the understanding of the interaction between thepoem’s protagonists, Lamia and Lycius. The centrestanza of this section of the poem, largely containsdialogue between the two characters, generatingsympathy for their apparent fear. The omniscientnarrator enforces this sympathy through theintroduction of the two characters – “Lycius shrankcloser” whilst “hurried Lamia trembled”. Immediatelythis emphasises the vulnerability of the twocharacters, within the “tempest” ridden setting ofCorinth.
    • How could thisExample 1 - language comment/analysis be developed into evaluation?The narrative perspective in lines 350-397 of ‘Lamia’ aids theunderstanding of the interaction between the poem’s protagonists,Lamia and Lycius. The centre stanza of this section of the poem,largely contains dialogue between the two characters, generatingsympathy for their apparent fear. The omniscient narrator enforcesthis sympathy through the introduction of the two characters –“Lycius shrank closer” whilst “hurried Lamia trembled”. The use ofthe word “closer” characterises Lycius as being dependent on Lamiafor protection and companionship, alluding to the bond that existsbetween the two. Whereas, “trembling” shows the fragility of thetransformation Lamia has undergone. She has become a ‘human’character and therefore has taken on some of the characteristics ofhumanity. Immediately these language choices emphasise thevulnerability of the two characters, within the “tempest” riddensetting of Corinth. Their isolation is seen in a more positive light as itwill provide them with protection, this foreshadows their eventualwithdrawal later in the story and the point of view seems to be thatof Lamia, making her decision to withdraw seem a positive andnecessary one.
    • How could thisExample 2 - structure comment/analysis be developed into evaluation?The poem, including this section, is written in heroiccouplets, however these are often distorted and therules are broken, this is to imitate natural speech aswell as to hint at more ominous or negative aspects ofthe narrative. Most likely suggesting that the endingof the poem is not going to be happy, as well assuggesting that Lamia’s disguise isn’t quite right andthat the truth will come out.
    • How could thisExample 2 - structure comment/analysis be developed into evaluation?The poem, including this section, is written in heroic couplets,however these are often distorted and the rules are broken, thisis to imitate natural speech as well as to hint at more ominousor negative aspects of the narrative. Beginning a line with“companioned and alone;” and creating a pause with the use ofsemi-colon, highlights the feelings of the characters. Structureis used to direct the reader to the main thread of the story andtherefore create an overriding feeling of the tension betweenthese two states: Lamia as a serpent was alone and now withLycius, they are heading towards living a life of seclusion. Theceasura helps make the contrast between the couple and the“many a bright light/ flared” in Corinth more distinct. Mostlikely suggesting that the destination of the poem is not going tobe happy, as well as suggesting that Lamia’s disguise isn’t quiteright and that the truth will come out. The iambic structurestresses the word “light” and could be an indicator to the idea oftruth that lies behind the story.
    • Evaluation: what, howEditing your own answer and why (linked to the story) • Choose a paragraph from your ‘Lamia’ essay and develop your analysis into evaluation by: – including close textual analysis – saying how and why the language/structure used affects the story being told; – including another quotation to further support what you are saying – this could be a single word quotation, or a couple of single word quotations (even from the same longer quotation already used); – and connecting these further examples to the story being told.