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Close Reading An Introduction to Literature



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Strong focus on the processes of analyzing the literary elements of poetry, prose, and drama and writing about them. Examines the language and structure of a text, as well as the ideas or feelings it expresses, and investigates the intricate links between form and content. By opening with this kind of in-depth analysis, a person is compelled to read differently and examine the connection between the ideas expressed andthe way in whichthey are expressed. Each section is followed by exercises to ensure comprehension of what was read. For anyone interested in studying a poem, story, or play for the various literary elements.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Close Reading
Aspects of PoetryLyric poetry and narrative poetry
Formal characteristics of poetry
Denotations and connotations
Semantic fields
Specialized vocabulary
Exercises on vocabulary
Figurative Language Simile and Metaphor Allegory, Anaphora Antithesis Apostrophe, Hyperbole Irony Litotes, Metonymy, Oxymoron Paradox, Personification Symbol Synecdoche, Understatement
Exercises on imagery and figurative language
Sounds Alliteration Assonance Onomatopoeia Exercises on sounds
Rhythm Types of rhythm Enjambment Exercises on rhythm
Versification The verse line Meter Meter and rhythm Meter and syntax
Punctuation Enjambment
Exercises on meter
Rhyme Blank verse
Stanzas Fixed forms
Sonnet Exercises on rhyme and stanza forms
Free verse
Speaker, Voice and Tone First-person lyric
Tone Exercises on speaker and tone
Structure Division into parts
Closure Exercises on structure
Preparing to Write a Close Reading of a Poem
Making notes Your audience Quotations
Writing a Close Reading of a Poem
The introduction Theme Tone
The conclusion Revising and editing Academic integrity
Summary of elements to discuss in a poem
Close Readings of Poems
A. Model Close Readings of Poems
"Death, be not proud"
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