Deviations in English Poetry

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Deviations in English
Poetry
Deviation is the violation
of the rules or norms.
DEVIATION IS THE TOOL THAT
USED BY THE POET TO
DEVIATE FROM NORM AND
CONVENTIONS
The kinds of Deviation:
1.
Syntactic or Grammatical Deviation:
In this kind of deviation, poets disregards
the rules of sentence.
e.g:
1- “fastened me flesh”
2- “A grief ago” Dylan Thomas
3- “the achieve of, the mastery of the
things” Hopkins, The Windhover
2- Lexical Deviation:
This is found in the form of Neologism or
the invention of new words
For example:
The prefix (fore) is applied to verbs like see
and tell. It is a normal process. But T. S.
Eliot uses the term (foresuffer)
3- Grapholgical Deviation:
This is the deviation in which poets disregard the
rules of writing. They write the words in such a
way without any boundaries in lines, space,or
rhyme.
E. E, Cumming
“ the live seekers of truth
follow no path
all path lead where
truth is here”
4- Phonological Deviation
This is the deviation in sound which is done
deliberately in regard to the rhyme. Just to
keep the poems rhymed.
Wind (N) /wind/
Wind (V) /waind/
5- Deviation of Historical period
In this kind of deviation, poet use archaic
words which are no longer used in daily
language. They do so in order to enhance
the aesthetical value of Poem. e.g.
O Rose thou art sick.
Why the poets use Deviation?
1- The poets use Deviation to make us
search beyond the linguistic description
of poem to get nearer to the literary
meaning.
2- Every poet wants to be famous by using
Deviation

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