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Ch 1: Literary Terms and Analysis: Help and Review

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The Literary Terms and Analysis chapter of this College English Literature Help and Review course is the simplest way to master literary terms and analysis. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials about literary terms and analysis.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help understanding college English literature material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding essential literary terms and methods for literary analysis.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about work teams.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra English learning resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Literary Terms and Analysis chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Literary Terms and Analysis chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • What is an ethical appeal?
  • What were some of the major movements in English literary history?
  • How do epic poems serve as a reflection of culture?
  • What are some of the key terms used to discuss prose and poetry?
  • What steps are involved in analyzing a literary passage?
  • How do I approach multiple-choice questions on an exam?

26 Lessons in Chapter 1: Literary Terms and Analysis: Help and Review
Ethical Appeal: Definition & Examples

1. Ethical Appeal: Definition & Examples

Find out what an ethical appeal is and the different ways it can make your persuasive writing more effective. Learn about all three appeals used in persuasive writing and take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

2. 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

3. 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.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

4. 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

5. 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!

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

6. 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

7. 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.

Allusion in Literature - Definition & Examples

8. Allusion in Literature - Definition & Examples

Sometimes it's easier for a writer to explain an idea by making a reference to a famous story, person, event, or object. This reference is called an allusion, and in this lesson, you will learn what an allusion is and read several examples from literature.

Antanaclasis: Definition & Examples

9. Antanaclasis: Definition & Examples

Have you seen the term antanaclasis in your literature books and wondered what it meant? Find out what the trope of antanaclasis is and how and why it is used, and see some examples of antanaclasis in writing.

Comedy Genre: Definition & Characteristics

10. Comedy Genre: Definition & Characteristics

Comedies are designed to make us laugh - sometimes even until we cry - but what actually defines a 'comedy'? Get a quick reminder in this lesson, where you'll learn the definition and take a closer look at the characteristics of this hilarious literary genre!

Dramatic Irony: Definition & Examples

11. Dramatic Irony: Definition & Examples

Dramatic irony has the power to make us laugh, cry, or (sometimes) do both at the same time. In this lesson, we'll explore the comedic and tragic uses of dramatic irony, using examples from Shakespearean comedy and Ancient Greek tragedy.

Enumerative Bibliography: Definition & Examples

12. Enumerative Bibliography: Definition & Examples

A bibliography is a listing of sources of information on a topic. There are a few different types of bibliographies, but the enumerative bibliography is one of the most commonly used. Let's take a closer look.

Epigram: Definition & Examples

13. Epigram: Definition & Examples

Learn the meaning of the literary form known as the epigram and explore its history with the help of examples. Then take a quiz to test your comprehension.

Heteronym: Definition & Examples

14. Heteronym: Definition & Examples

Come explore the strange, sometimes challenging world of heteronyms. Learn how to always find the right pronunciation and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Homer of Ancient Greece: Mythology & Poetry

15. Homer of Ancient Greece: Mythology & Poetry

This lesson will look at the famous Greek poet named Homer. We'll look at his work, the context he wrote in, and what scholars believe about him today.

Litotes: Definition & Examples

16. Litotes: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll be taking a look at litotes, which is a figure of speech used in literature, usually for the sake of comedy. Once you understand this, you'll probably be seeing them everywhere. After learning about litotes, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

Origin Myth: Definition & Examples

17. Origin Myth: Definition & Examples

For years, uncomfortable parents have used the story of the stork to talk with their children about an uncomfortable subject. This is an example of an origin myth. Find out more about origin myths in this lesson.

Article Citation: Types & Examples

18. Article Citation: Types & Examples

Learn about the different types of article citations, and how to use them in your research paper or essay. Review the examples, and then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

What Are Myths? - Definition, Types & Examples

19. What Are Myths? - Definition, Types & Examples

Lots of us read or even studied the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian gods in grade school or middle school. Just about every culture has its own myths, stories about gods and their magical deeds. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the defining characteristics of myths, as well as some examples.

What is Epiphany in Literature? - Definition & Examples

20. What is Epiphany in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Writers often use epiphany to advance plot and character development. In this lesson, explore this concept through a comprehensive definition and examples.

What is Social Commentary? - Definition, Books & Examples

21. What is Social Commentary? - Definition, Books & Examples

Social commentary is an ancient art form that has been used to critique aspects of different societies for as long as societies have been around. Learn more about these critical assessments in this lesson and find some notable examples of these time-honored works.

What is an Allegorical Figure?

22. What is an Allegorical Figure?

An allegory is a fictional story that communicates messages through different layers of meaning. This lesson explores the role and purpose of allegorical figures in literature by examining well known allegories.

Examples of Synesthesia in Literature

23. Examples of Synesthesia in Literature

Synesthesia is a neurological condition where people experience a blending of two or more of the five senses. It's also a common literary device used to enhance a reader's experience with a text. This lesson explores the role of synesthesia in literature.

Simile vs. Metaphor: Differences & Examples

24. Simile vs. Metaphor: Differences & Examples

Similes and metaphors are both useful for making your writing better, but it is important to be able to tell the difference between the two. This lesson explains the difference and offers some examples.

Personification of Death

25. Personification of Death

Since the days of Greek mythology, authors have attempted to make Death into a character all its own. In this lesson, we will learn how authors personify death by looking at some specific examples in literature.

Reverse Personification: Definition & Examples

26. Reverse Personification: Definition & Examples

Chances are that you're familiar with personification, a literary device that assigns human attributes to non-living entities, such as 'the sun smiles upon us'. But, what about reverse personification? This lesson will describe and show you examples of the latter.

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