The Wonders of T.E.EM

If you have not guessed by now, this is a blog to help you – the wayward traveler of the HSC wasteland – to come to terms with what the hell HSC English is all about. To do this, I will introduce the most basic of all essay writing functions (as in Mathematical function) – the T.E.EM

T is for Technique, so I can prove I know my Engrish!
E is for Example, so I am not making it up!
Em is for Emphasis, so I can show and tell!

In this way, TEEM = Technique, Example, Emphasis. Here are some examples of how it may be employed:

“And come he slow, or come he fast,
It is but Death who comes at last.”

Techniques: Personification of death, juxtaposition of the nature of death, witty ironic analogy of Death, and Pun playing on the concept of Last – as both “at last death comes!” and “Death is the last thing you will ever experience”. For the truly astute, the uber tech is Anaphora.

Example: As the quote provided – the “he” is for Personification, the “last” for the puns, slow/fast/last for Juxtaposition, and the whole thing for a hint of the good old irony. Analogy is a technique used in this case for the allusion to human portrayal of death as something tangible, while Anaphora is the repetition of a clause of words “come/come/comes”.

Emphasis: Personification of death, combined with its analogical element creates a sense of impending doom, as though death is someone that sentient, seeks out the persona to murder. Yet the tone of release, ‘at last’ is created through the nature of the pun – where the fear and paranoia over death is finally realized to be for naught. Finally, the anaphora creates emphasis – the repetition in this case lending to the power of the delivery.

Combined: The persona employs a personification of death to convey the paranoia and fear men associate with dying. Yet as the irony of the enlightened, elated pun “at last” reveals, it is not Death that the persona fears, but merely the process of dying, conveyed via the juxtaposition of “slow/fast” The sense of impending movement – that death comes hither; is conveyed by the anaphoric emphasis of the repetitive “come”. The persona is glad that finally, he is able to find peace.


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