Describe a line (or a few words) that you remember from a poem or song. You should say:
What it is
Which song or poem it is from
How you knew it
And how you feel about it
Okay, so a line I remember from a poem is “Tell the truth, but tell it slant.” It’s a very memorable quote by Emily Dickinson, and from what I remember, it’s from her poem by the same name.
Anyways, I know the line because I’ve always been a big fan of poetry, and I spend a lot of my time reading poems. Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets since, well, she has a very distinct and unconventional writing style, like using dashes in her poems or short stanzas. Sometimes she capitalizes certain words to give them more agency, and she also uses really vivid imagery. So yeah, that’s partly why I admire Emily Dickinson. She’s a one of a kind poet who challenged the traditional writing style of her time.
And, as for how I feel about that line in her poem, I think it’s quite deep and meaningful. It means that the truth should be delivered, but it should be told in an indirect manner, shared in bits and pieces. The full truth would be too shocking, and she even compares it to lightning.
I think the idea of telling the truth in a slanted way definitely applies to art and poetry. It’s like, you’re trying to get an idea out, but doing so too directly would be too blunt and wouldn’t have as much impact on the audience. So, you have to tell it slant, as something disguised or even misleading, but it’s creative and has a deeper influence on people.
an indirect manner 一个不直接的方式
首先使用这个方法的时候，需要按照helping question的顺序来进行回答，所谓helping question，就是题目中关于诗句/歌词的四个问题。除此之外，expand strategy的使用方法是：扩充自己认为容易扩充的问题进行详尽的回答，学生不需要详尽的回答每一个问题。同时，在扩充答案的过程中可以使用议论文的结构来完成，使用合适的signposting phrases和discourse markers来帮助你扩展你的idea. 如这篇文章中，作者认为第三和第四个问题相对好扩充，他们使用了更多的篇幅来回答这两个问题。
同时，文中还使用了 “so yeah” “but” “so”等词汇来引导文章。expand strategy可适用于各种话题的题目，也是各位考生在口语考试中获得高分的技巧之一。关于此技巧在启德2019雅思口语教材第六课总有详细的讲解，如果大家想学习更多的口语技巧及回答方法，欢迎大家来启德上课。
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