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Conrad Aiken Writing Styles in Silent Snow, Secret Snow

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Lyricism

Aiken brought the poet's sensibility and craft tohis fiction. He narrates "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" from Paul's point-of-view; this perspective guarantees that the author's stream-of-consciousness prose style will affect readers directly. Not surprisingly, one finds a large number of lyric poems in Aiken's verse. Aiken also utilizes the material properties of words. For example, the pervasive alliteration, with its repeated "s" sounds, already appears in the story's title. In addition, Aiken manages to endow his prose with the naturalness of colloquial speech.Although couched in the third person, Aiken's narration remains faithful to the linguistic style of a twelve-year-old boy.

Point of View

Aiken provides Paul's perceptions, as when he stares at the debris in a muddy gutter: "In the gutter, beside a drain, was a scrap of torn and dirty newspaper, caught in a little delta of filth; the word ECZEMA appeared in large capitals, and below...

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