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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
|Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course||Explore 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 Movements||Learn 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 Guide||Understand 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 Strategies||Explore ways you can improve your test-taking skills on multiple-choice literature exams.|
|Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose||Understand typical prose structure and some terms frequently used in the analysis of prose.|
|Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry||Learn the technical, literary, and genre terms used to describe poetry and its effects.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the AP English Literature: Exam Prep course
- AP English: Interpreting Literature
- AP English: Rhetorical Devices
- AP English: Poetry
- AP English: Types of Poetry
- AP English: Prose
- AP English: Prose Fiction
- AP English: American Literary Periods and Movements
- AP English: Examples of American Literary Analysis
- AP English: English Literary Periods and Movements
- AP English: Examples of English Literary Analysis
- AP English: Grammar Review
- AP English: Essay Basics: Types of Essay
- AP English - Essay Basics: Conventions in Essay Writing
- AP English: Beginning the Writing Process
- AP English: Writing & Structuring an Essay
- AP English: Writing Revision and Skill Development
- About the AP English Literature Test
- AP English Literature Flashcards