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Commentary on 'Dear Mr Lee'

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Introduction

Commentary on 'Dear Mr Lee' From the outline of the text, salutation at the beginning, the convention of using PS before the signature, and the signature at the end, shows that it is a form of letter. As a piece of literature, a poem, the high density of content words indicates that it is a piece of planned writing. Deft use in rhetorical devices, such as repetition of 'Dear Mr Lee', is used to emphasize his admiration to Mr Lee; the phonetically linked words 'pretty gloomy really', are used to create smoothness and rhythm, also tells the audience the age of the writer, as children would often link words together ended with '-dy', '-ly', etc. The conflict within himself and disagreement with the education system remind the readers that this is a piece of drama by building tension. Metaphor, 'Mr Smart', is also used to create a humor. ...read more.

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Hughes' and ' P.Larkin'. They show the status of the writer, who is a student studying English; the situation of the writer, which is facing the exam. The imitations of authentic speech, such as elision, repetition, digression, reformulation, colloquial expression, coordinating conjunction, are used to mimic the genuineness. Elision such as 'it's', 'he's', 'that's', are used to imitate the style of authentic speech, as the contraction of the verb to be still keeps the original meaning clearly without causing confusion. Repetition of 'Dear Mr Lee' is an echo-like expression, dispersed throughout the passage. When the writer digresses, he reformulates himself by starting with 'Dear Mr Lee' as a sign of 'back to the topic'. Digression, such as (Mr Smart says it's rude to call you Laurie...), is used to give extra information to the audience without interruption. Colloquial expression, 'a laugh a minute', is used to create a sense of authenticity of an unplanned writing and an informal register. ...read more.

Conclusion

He addresses 'Mr Lee' as 'You' in such a way that the writer is building a closer relationship between 'Mr Lee' and 'him'; though the text is fans letter, the term of address should be more polite and approving. An attitude toward English is fondness, although he thinks that 'Shakespeare' is 'a national disaster' and he 'used to hate English', he learns in a way -'know by heart'. He 'still love Cider' even though he may fail the exam. However, he dislikes exams, as he is 'not much good at terse and cogent', and from what he writes 'don't feel guilty for me failing the exam', tell the audience that he did badly in the exams. 'Mr Smart', as is named positively, should be someone that the writer likes. Ironically, 'Mr Smart is roughly my least favorite person', verbal irony is created as the literally positive image of 'Mr Smart' is 'the least favorite person' of the writer. In a whole, he loves English, but not his teacher 'Mr Smart', Shakespeare and exams. ...read more.

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