Volume 10 Number 2 April 2024

Stylistics Analysis of Foregrounding in Rohingya’s Poems Too Much Bitterness and the Unfamiliar Home

Authors: Gu Caihua
Pages: 16-26
This article attempts to examine the use of stylistic analysis in Yar Tin and Yasmir Ullah’s poetry as a style of foregrounding in the poems of Too Much Bitterness and The Unfamiliar Home from the book I Am a Rohingya: Poetry from the Camps and Beyond. The present study explores the effects and implications, similarities, and differences that underlie the use of parallelism and deviation in the poems. Stylistics, outfitted with linguistics tools and methodology, may help with a logical and academic interpretation of literary works. In other words, stylistics explores unique language expressions and explains their purpose and impact. From the perspective of stylistic analysis, the two poems are analyzed through stylistic tools of foregrounding and its types. Language stands out by employing four techniques: parallelism, phonological deviation obtained using assonance, semantic variation attained using simile and paradox, and graphological variation including italicization and shape. By comparing the two poems by Rohingya poets, the study mainly focuses on analyzing the content and linguistic features to highlight the theme of desolation and the emotions expressed by the two poets. Additionally, through accessing these unconventional linguistic features, readers are supposed to deepen their comprehension and appreciation of the essence of poetry.