Lessons From Swimming Analysis

I thought that the podcast we listened to in class titled Lessons from Swimming was very interesting. The speaker used language to engage the audience’s interest and create intimacy with strangers. His descriptive sentences painted a picture of his experience and he used prepositions and vivid details to strike every one of the five senses. He structured his entire story with cause and effect, relaying between a dramatic event and his reaction to it. It came full circle and his subject was meaningful and relatable. He began his story with the death of his cousin. I thought this was interesting because in the podcast Your Brain on Stories, it explained that in order to get a listener or reader’s attention, a writer should begin with violence or death-this attracts interest and as the saying goes, “if it bleeds it leads.” His overall story was dynamic but structured.

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