Stylistic Analysis of the Surah Al-Asr and its Thematic Implication
Stylistics is a multidisciplinary approach that aims to foreground the peculiar properties of texts on the basis of language and derive hidden and in depth meanings to figure out major and minor themes. The evident fact that makes Stylistic a multidisciplinary approach is its retrievable, rigorous and replicable principles. The present study aims to explore the stylistic features of the Surah Al Asr from the Holy Quran at various levels. Surah Al Asr is the most comprehensive Surah of the Holy Quran that is composed of only three verses yet the strongest one in its influence and themes. Al-Shafi said, “If the people were to reflect upon Surat al-‘Asr, it would be enough for them”,1 Stylistics as a scientific discipline is helping to interpret literary text logically based on linguistic evidence. The Surah has been analyzed on different levels of stylistics: Graphological, Phonological, Morphological, Semantic, Pragmatics and Discourse level. The connotative and denotative meanings of the surah have been explored to get the complete understanding of the poem. The stylistic analysis of the surah reflects the main idea that is the transiency of human life and permanency of good deeds.This study strengthens the belief that the study of stylistics is beneficial for the thorough understanding of any text.
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