Leeching on the kind efforts of my colleagues. You should look at Ms. De Souza’s helpful posts on
- Comprehension skills covering irony and paradox, inverted commas and metaphors.
- Also check out this insightful entry on clarity in arguments based on the question “How far can our leaders be trusted to do what is right? and the importance of considering the status quo for ‘should’ question
Also look at Mr. Marc Lim’s discussion on evaluation. The handles suggested are really useful in giving your arguments more evaluative depth.
Lastly on a more random note, here are some useful ways to consider artistic appeal.
E.g. “Contemporary music has no artistic appeal.” Discuss.
Oxford English Dictionary: Artistic (adj.) having or revealing natural creative skill; aesthetically pleasing
- Is it natural? Does it exhibit a form of natural or innate talent? (are they human? are they manufactured?)
- Is it creative? Does it exhibit a certain level of creativity and originality? (especially in relation to each other and possibly other genres)
- Is it skillful? Is there a commitment to technical and musical excellence and discipline?
- Is it aesthetically pleasing? (perceived as beautiful, especially in form, and as providing pleasure)
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