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Ch 1: AP English: Literary Analysis Intro

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Watch literary analysis video lessons and learn poetic structure, prose analysis, literary periods, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP English course.

AP English Ltierature: Literary Analysis Intro - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Literary analysis may seem daunting, but when you learn the terms and structures, you'll have a great set of tools at your disposal. In this chapter, you'll learn about the main literary periods and movements in criticism, common conventions like metaphor and personification, and steps for analyzing a piece of literature. The lessons in this chapter outline the basics of poetry and prose and give an overview from which you can begin your journey into literature. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize rhyme schemes and poetic structures
  • Analyze a literary passage
  • Summarize historical periods in literature
  • Define common literary vocabulary terms
  • Explain the theme, mood, tone, and style of a piece

VideoObjective
Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash CourseExplore literature from the medieval period through the contemporary era, learning about the styles and famous authors of each period.
Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and MovementsLearn about the major movements in literary theory and the different lenses we can use to interpret works.
How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step GuideUnderstand how to comprehend, interpret, and analyze literature using a well-known story as an example.
How to Answer Multiple-Choice Questions about Literature: Test-Taking StrategiesExplore ways you can improve your test-taking skills on multiple-choice literature exams.
Glossary of Literary Terms: ProseUnderstand typical prose structure and some terms frequently used in the analysis of prose.
Glossary of Literary Terms: PoetryLearn the technical, literary, and genre terms used to describe poetry and its effects.

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: AP English: Literary Analysis Intro
Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

1. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

2. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

3. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

4. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

5. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

6. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

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