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If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things by John McGregor

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Cherie Mitchell 23rd September 2007 GCSE English Homework If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things by John McGregor I would describe the piece of writing as both descriptive and emotional to read. I think the author has an excellent style of writing which is very individual and unusual. I also welcome the fact that he uses short sentences, resulting in the writing being similar to poetry to read. McGregor's use of language is very clever, making the text interesting and captivating to read. I have a vivid mental picture from this piece and can actually visualise and imagine being there. I think McGregor is very skilled in his ability to recount his findings and represent them in such an absorbing and engaging way. ...read more.

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I was unable to see a clear, prominent storyline but was still keen to read the text as I thought McGregor's descriptive style of writing was intriguing. The content appeals to more than one of my senses due to the analytical technique McGregor uses to portray what is emerging. * "The rattle of a dustbin lid knocked to the floor" appeals to sound as I can familiarise myself with the noise and actually envisage hearing it. * "The old tall-windowed mills, staggered across the skyline" appeals to my sight as I can actually picture the building against the background. * The text mentions restaurants and cafes, I can imagine the smell as I have inhabited in the city myself and from the way McGregor reports his findings, I can almost remember the distinctive smell of curry houses. ...read more.

Conclusion

I would class "The city it sings" as a personification as an inanimate object (the city) has been endowed with a human quality (singing) or has been represented as possessing a human form. I would consider "the sound cuts more sharply" to be metaphoric as the author is using the words in a different context to create an effect. My conclusion is that I liked the style of writing although the punctuation made it a little confusing at times, but the short paragraphs helped make it readable. I enjoyed the authors observations of the people and events in the street and his descriptions of the atmosphere. ...read more.

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