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Donald Hall Writing Styles in Names of Horses

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"Names of Horses" is marked by simple, declarative diction. Diction is the specific word choices a poet makes and how the words are used to create a desired tone or effect. The poem's almost plain, matter-of-fact narration fits the subject matter, for the poet would threaten his authority or believability if he presented the horses' life and death in a sentimental way, or tipped-off the reader as to where his true sympathies lie. Instead, Hall just presents the facts of the case, reserving any sort of moral judgment. While there is often a celebratory note to the tone in Hall's praising the horses' feats and endurance, there is no condemnation of the horses' treatment or how their lives are viewed as disposable. That judgment is reserved for the reader.

The unusually long lines form a particularly noteworthy feature of the poem. Some lines are too long to fit the...

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