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- Explore various literary periods throughout history.
- Learn the definitions of literary terms in prose and poetry.
- Examine the views of major literary critics and study different kinds of literary theory.
- Discover how to analyze literary passages.
- Develop strategies for taking literary tests.
- Explore the use of symbolism and imagery in literature.
- Define and contrast allusion and illusion.
- Learn the differences between synecdoche and metonymy.
- Find examples of similes in literature.
- Discuss folk ballads and look at examples.
- Define literary devices, paralipsis and paronomasia.
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. 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!
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.
8. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples
Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.
9. Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples
Would you lend your ears for a moment (or at least your eyeballs)? This lesson will explain what synecdoche and metonymy mean and how to spot them in a piece of prose or poetry.
10. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples
Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.
11. Binary Opposition in Literature: Definition & Examples
This lesson will cover the concept of binary opposition in literature. We'll define the term, look at a few examples to explore how it functions in a story and conclude with a quiz to test your knowledge.
12. Intertextuality in Literature: Definition & Examples
Have you ever read something that you know you've seen somewhere before? Some people might explain this as 'intertextuality,' and they wouldn't be wrong. Find out more about this idea that goes much deeper than literary deja-vu in this lesson!
13. Anecdotal Evidence in Literature: Definition & Examples
Anecdotal evidence in literature serves a variety of purposes. Readers are drawn in the direction the author wants them to go in order to advance the plot, reach the climax, and cement the conclusion.
14. Folk Ballad: Definition & Examples
You probably won't hear them on your favorite rock station, but folk ballads have been sung for thousands of years. Come hear about this 'popular' musical tradition and discover some of the most famous songs that belong to it.
15. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples
This lesson studies some of the more common literary devices found in literature. Devices studied include allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification, point-of-view and structure.
16. Paralipsis: Definition & Examples
This lesson covers paralipsis. Learn what paralipsis is and how to identify it with the help of examples. Then take a quiz to test your understanding.
17. Paronomasia: Definition & Examples
If your pet goldfish has heard about paronomasia, she most likely learned it in a school. (Get it? Because fish swim in schools?) If you groaned after reading that last sentence, chances are you're already familiar with paronomasia. Explore this lesson to come to terms with this term and its many fun forms.
18. Point-of-View: Definition & Examples
Find out what 'point of view' means and how it's used in literature. Learn about some points of view that are used less often, then test your knowledge with a brief quiz.
19. What is a Narrative Hook? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will assist you in understanding components of narrative hooks found in literature and how they can be applied to your writing. Learn more about narrative hooks, and test your understanding through a quiz.
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