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1

Lexis

Uses relatively simple lexis with little complex latinate lexis, instead selects concrete old English and french derived lexis to convey physical sensations

2

"The"

The anaphoric definite article creates cohesion

3

"whine", "crunch", "ring"

Onomateapia against the "eternal silence"- makes the experience vivid and immediate

4

"hiss" , "steam"

Alliterative devices employed to create a 'soundscape"- sibilance echo the sound of a boiling stove (he is remembering his domestic setting)

5

"gentle flutter..shelter"

Disyllabics and labial dental sounds it conveys the sounds of a flapping canvas

6

Context

Produced in an extraordinary circumstance as he was close to his own death
Facing a challenge against the hostile Antarctic climate

7

Form

Written text
Adopts a "prose poem" dividing each observation into a separate line
Writes about the Antarctic wilderness in the form of a poetic travelogue

8

"blizzard", "surface crust", "powdered snow"

employs a precise range of semantic fields related to Antarctic weather conditions

9

"pale yellow wraiths"

ghost-like and supernatural

10

Purpose

was at first writing for publication to a wide general audience

11

"heralding the coming storm"

complex subordinating clause- allows detail to be added economically to develop his impressions

12

"The whine of a dog and the neigh of our steeds"

Sentences are often connected with 'and'

13

"steeds", "chides", "wraiths"

Scott deliberately uses archaic poetic terms to create poetic register

14

How is the poetic register created?

through form and grammatical choices

15

"great white desert"

employs poetic language/ device to capture weather

16

Structure

In the present tense, each of his impressions omits a finite verb (so each seems a rarefied discourse different to prose)- use of minor sentences also conveys this effect