Literary Analysis Of Paul Grice's Maxims Of Context

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Literary texts have special features than other texts. Grice’s maxims can be considered as the borderline between the literary text and normal (conventional) text. If these maxims were broken then we will get a literary text. They can be broken by deviation and parallelism. By this the reader can find the aesthetic touches in the text. In these papers, you as a reader will be convinced that breaking Grice’s maxims and using deviation can give the text its literariness sense. Here is a text that breaks these maxims and become a poetry (literary) text. First of all, Paul Grice put a theory of Conversational Implicature where he proposed four conversational maxims. These maxims give the texts its literariness. The first one is the maxim of quality. That the writer gives information as possible as the reader need, not more than that. Second one is the maxim of quantity (that the writer does not give wrong information or untruthful information and he should support this information by evidence. Thirdly, the maxims of relation, where the writer make relevant information that are part of the same subject. The last maxim is the maxim of manner. In this maxim, the writer should avoid ambiguity and he has to make clear and obvious utterance. Henry Widdowson is a sociolinguistic who said that: “Of…show more content…
Parallelism means the unexpected regularity that contain repetition of phrase structures (grammatical parallelism), repetition of the word meanings (semantic parallelism), and combining of the same sounds (phonological parallelism). By breaking Grice’s maxims, the writer adds aesthetic effects to the text. Here is an example of a poem that is breaking these maxims, T. S. Eliot poem, the waste land, part V. What The Thunder Said. From the first glance, the reader can know that T. S. Eliot starts his poem by the word (before) which is an adverbial of time and he repeats it two more times in the next two

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