Ch 1: Introduction to Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

About This Chapter

Ensure you grasp the process of analyzing and interpreting literature with help from the engaging lessons in this chapter. Whether you're working on an assignment or aim to excel on an exam, this chapter can boost your confidence and strengthen your skill set.

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature the Way

One of the best ways to gain a comprehensive understanding of various literary works is to analyze and interpret them. Of course, there is much to consider during the process, including the genre to which a work belongs, the period it represents, and even the author's intentions during the writing process. Get the practice you need by analyzing and interpreting the works covered in this chapter.

This chapter examines literature from three major genres: poetry, short fiction and drama. Begin this fun process by analyzing and interpreting poetry from Shakespearean sonnets that include 'Sonnet 18' and 'Sonnet 94.' Also, study poems like 'Ode on a Grecian Urn,' 'Annabel Lee' and 'Song of Myself' from poets John Keats, Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman.

Instructors in this chapter also take you on a journey through works of short fiction. Review novellas from authors like Joseph Conrad and short stories that include 'Story of an Hour,' by Kate Chopin and 'A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,' by Ernest Hemingway. Before completing this chapter, be sure to explore dramatic works from authors that include Lorraine Hansberry, Arthur Miller and Oscar Wilde.

There's no end to what you can learn about the process of analyzing and interpreting literature when you take advantage of the resources in this chapter. Don't pass up your opportunity to learn the way!

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