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Topic 2 (session B) - Being creative with words and phrases > Session overview

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Session Overview
Uncovering your intuitions about phrases
Playing with phrases
Phrases in the structure of sentences
Being creative with noun phrases: Edwin Morgan
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What will we learn in Session B?


This topic introduces you to words (session A) and phrases (session B) in English, the basic building blocks of English grammar, and how writers can manipulate these language levels in order to create special meanings and effects.

If you follow the ordering on the session menus, in each session you will first do some work to uncover some of your intuitions about words or phrases and then we will explore the word or phrase level in more detail. After that, we will move on to discuss examples and texts where writers manipulate the level concerned, either by using some kind of word or phrase more often than we would normally expect or by deviating from our normal expectations in some other way.

Session B

After examining the basic structural aspects of English noun phrases we will look at how this level of grammar can be manipulated for special effects in poetry.




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