Language Analysis in Literature: Overview & Examples


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What is foreshadowing?

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1. What is syntax?

2. What is diction?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

Literature has layers of meaning. What the author says is often just as important as how they say it. This quiz and worksheet will help you unlock the language of literary analysis, so you too can delve into the deeper meaning of a writer's work.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on the definitions of:

  • Foreshadowing
  • Syntax
  • Diction
  • Literary analysis
  • Theme

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- check that you draw the most important information about the language of literary analysis
  • Defining key concepts- ensure that you can accurately define main terms such as theme and syntax
  • Knowledge application-use your knowledge of literary terms to consider the layers of meaning in sample texts

Additional Learning

Review this lesson to learn more about the language of literary analysis, and how to read literature thoughtfully. This lesson addresses the following objectives:

  • Define literary analysis
  • Understand that there are layers of meaning in literature
  • Define theme, metaphor, syntax, diction and figurative language
  • Understand how writers use those tools to create depth of meaning
  • Know how to form opinions about the meaning of text
  • Identify ways to support opinions with evidence from the text