Ling 131: Language & Style
Topic 2 (session A) - Being creative with words and phrases > Word class problems > Task B
|(Semi) Automatic poetry
|Introducing word classes
|More on word classes
|Manipulating word classes
|Changing word class - affixation
|Changing word class - functional conversion
|New words for old
|Word class problems
|Word class checklist
Word class problems
Task B - Esther's Tomcat (cont.)
Here is the poem again. Again we'd like you to decide which word classes the words belong to, but this time the words chosen are a bit more tricky. Indeed, there will often be ambiguities and no simple answer.
Talk with your partners about which word class you think the word belongs to and also what sorts of effects relevant to the poem Hughes is trying to create.
We suggest that you start with stanza 3 and come back to stanzas 1 and 2 after you have done the rest, because the examples in the first two stanzas are in some ways a bit more complex. By looking at these words, and their derivations, carefully, we can begin to explore the character of the cat in this poem, a cat which seems at first to be a particular cat (the one belonging to Esther), but which soon becomes representative of all tomcats - essence of tomcat, if you like!