Watch what you say.

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"Trust theyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.  Accept the place the divine Providence has found for you; the society of your contemporaries, the connextion of events. Great men have always done so and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the Eternal was stirring at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being.  And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny; and not pinched in a corner, not cowards fleeing before a revolution, but redeemers and benefactors, pious aspirants to be noble clay plastic under the Almighty effort, let us advance on Chaos and the Dark."  -Ralp Waldo Emereson, Self- Reliance

"Diction denotes the work choice and phrasing in a literary work," states Hamilton on page 68. 

I chose diction because it is such an important part of our language, whether it is in the speech in our literature or the speech in our songs.  You can have abstract diction, which focuses on concepts, or concrete diction, which focuses directly on objects. It's interesting when you hear this because then you can start placing authors and poets into separate cateogries.  Take Emereson for example.  From his past writings, and the example above, we can see that he is a very spiritual, pacifist, religious man.  He's a lover not a fighter. He focues on concepts of nature, beautry, spirituality.  He uses abstarct diction.  He makes an inanimate object stand for an askew concept.

Ex: "Accept the place the divine Providence has found for you; the society of your contemporaries, the connextion of events (Emereson)" 

The sentece above references the divine, the spiritual meaning for your set location, for your being.  It is giving us a window view of immortaility and that there is a meaning/reason for everything that is.  It's a very philisophical mind sent.  Rather than saying "What is, is," he is saying that "What is, is because of the divine."  

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE RALPH WALDO EMERSON! Especially his essay on Self-Reliance! Ah! I was so excited to see that you picked his essay as an example. Sorry, I'm a little obsessed, haha.
One reason why I love Emerson is that his diction can be interpreted in so many different ways. I find that his writing demonstrates to me an idea of non-conformity, of being different and being an individual. The language that he uses can be difficult at times, but his diction is what makes the reader want to read on (even though they can't understand half the vocabulary). Yay for Stephanie and yay for Emerson! :)

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