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Writing Essays about Literature : A Guide and Style Sheet

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Summary

Widely used in introductory literature courses as a style guide or as a supplement to anthologies, this text provides students with valuable guidelines for interpreting literature and writing essays. The text includes full-length selections as well as student essays.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
PART ONE: Interpreting Literature 1(194)
1 Strategies for Interpreting Literature
3(8)
Why Do People Read Literature?
3(1)
What Is Interpretation?
4(2)
How Do We Interpret?
6(3)
Checklist for Interpreting Literature
9(1)
Work Cited
9(2)
2 What Is Literature?
11(20)
Literature Is Language
13(2)
Literature Is Fictional
15(3)
Walt Whitman, Cavalry Crossing a Ford
16(2)
Literature Is True
18(5)
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, My Friend, the Things that Do Attain
18(5)
Literature Is Aesthetic
23(1)
Literature Is Intertextual
24(5)
Checklist for the Elements of Literature
29(1)
Works Cited
30(1)
3 Interpreting Fiction
31(46)
The Elements of Fiction
31(41)
Theme
32(5)
Point of View
37(7)
Mary Robison, Yours
43(1)
Plot
44(10)
Characterization
54(7)
Setting
61(5)
Irony
66(3)
Symbolism
69(3)
Other Elements
72(1)
Checklist for Interpreting Fiction
72(2)
Works Cited
74(3)
4 Interpreting Drama
77(30)
The Nature of Drama
77(1)
The Elements of Drama
78(25)
Plot
78(7)
Characterization
85(5)
Setting
90(4)
Theme
94(3)
Irony
97(3)
Subgenres
100(3)
Checklist for Interpreting Drama
103(2)
Works Cited and Consulted
105(2)
5 Interpreting Poetry
107(56)
What Is Poetry?
107(2)
Emily Brontė, The Night Is Darkening Round Me
108(1)
Sense in Poetry: Elements that Convey Meaning
109(21)
Getting Started: Reading a Poem the First Time
109(1)
Diction
110(2)
William Wordsworth, A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
110(2)
Syntax
112(3)
Louise Bogan, Song for a Lyre
114(1)
Characterization, Point of View, Plot, and Setting
115(7)
Jane Kenyon, In the Nursing Home
116(1)
Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
117(3)
Robert Browning, My Last Duchess
120(2)
Imagery: Descriptive Language
122(1)
Imagery: Figurative Language
123(5)
Samuel Daniel, Love Is a Sickness
124(1)
Thomas Campion, There Is a Garden in Her Face
125(3)
Symbolism
128(2)
William Blake, The Sick Rose
129(1)
The Sound of Poetry: Musical Elements
130(10)
Rhythm
130(7)
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 129
135(2)
Word Sounds
137(3)
Edgar Allan Poe, To Helen
138(2)
Structure
140(17)
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116
144(1)
Edna St. Vincent Millay, I, Being Born a Woman
145(1)
Anonymous, The Daemon Lover
146(2)
Emily Dickinson, Because I Could Not Stop for Death
148(2)
Matsuo Basho, haiku
150(1)
Taniguchi Buson, haiku
150(1)
Kobayashi Issa, haiku
150(1)
Psalm 23
151(6)
Ezra Pound, Xenia
153(1)
Amy Lowell, Road to the Yoshiwara
154(1)
Langston Hughes, Vagabonds
154(2)
Elizabeth Bishop, One Art
156(1)
Sight: The Visual Qualities of Poetry
157(3)
George Herbert, Easter Wings
158(1)
e.e. cummings, 1(a
159(1)
Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool
159(1)
Checklist for Interpreting Poetry
160(1)
Works Cited
161(2)
6 Specialized Approaches to Interpreting Literature
163(32)
Literary Criticism and Theory
163(2)
Places for Interpretation
165(1)
The Work
166(11)
New Criticism
167(1)
Structuralism
168(4)
Deconstruction
172(2)
Archetypal Criticism
174(3)
The Author
177(6)
Historical and Biographical Criticism
177(2)
New Historicist Criticism
179(4)
The Reader
183(2)
Reader-Response Criticism
183(2)
All of Reality
185(8)
Marxist Criticism
186(1)
Psychological Criticism
187(2)
Feminist and Gender Criticism
189(4)
Works Cited
193(2)
PART Two: Writing about Literature 195(204)
7 Writing about Literature
197(4)
Why Write about Literature?
197(1)
How Can You Write about Literature?
197(2)
The Writing Process
199(2)
8 Choosing Topics
201(26)
Preliminary Steps
201(6)
Be an Active Reader
201(1)
Identify Your Audience
202(3)
Raise Questions about the Work
205(1)
Narrow Your Topic
205(2)
Search Strategies
207(6)
Focus on the Work's Conventions (Its Formal Qualities)
207(1)
Use Topoi (Traditional Patterns of Thinking)
208(3)
Respond to Comments by Critics
211(1)
Draw from Your Own Knowledge
212(1)
Talking and Writing Strategies
213(5)
Talk Out Loud
213(1)
Make Outlines
213(1)
Freewrite
214(1)
Brainstorm
214(1)
Make Notes
215(1)
Keep a Journal
216(2)
Sample Essay about Literature
218(7)
Michelle Henderson, "Paradise Rejected in Homer's Odyssey"
218(7)
Comments on the Essay
225(1)
Checklist for Choosing Topics
225(1)
Works Cited
226(1)
9 Drafting the Essay
227(18)
The Argumentative Nature of Interpretive Essays
227(1)
The Structure of Essays about Literature
228(5)
The Argumentative Structure
229(2)
The Rhetorical Structure
231(2)
Guidelines for Writing First Drafts
233(9)
Keep in Mind the Needs of Your Audience
233(1)
Avoid Extreme Subjectivity (Overuse of "I")
234(1)
Draw Up a Rough Outline
235(1)
Begin Writing
236(1)
Use Sound Deductive Reasoning
236(1)
Support Key Claims with Facts
237(1)
Use Sound Inductive Reasoning
238(1)
Define Key Terms
239(1)
Organize Evidence According to a Coherent Plan
239(1)
Make Comparisons Complete and Easy to Follow
240(2)
Checklist for Drafting the Essay
242(1)
Works Cited
242(3)
10 Revising and Editing
245(1)
Revise Throughout the Writing Process
245(1)
Revise for the Final Draft
245(1)
Write a Clear and Readable Prose Style
246(1)
Have Other People Read and Respond to Your Draft
247(1)
Edit the Final Draft
247(13)
Rules of Usage
247(1)
Citations of Sources
248(1)
Quotations
249(9)
Other Rules of Usage Related to Essays about Literature
258(2)
Physical ,Format
260(1)
Sample Essay in Two Drafts
261(16)
Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man
262(4)
Early Draft
266(2)
Comments on the Early Draft
268(1)
Final Draft
269(7)
Jennifer Hargrove, "A Comparison of Mary and Warren in Robert Frost's 'The Death of the Hired Man"'
Comments on the Final Draft
276(1)
Checklist for Revising and Editing
277(1)
Works Cited
277(2)
11 Documentation and Research
279(1)
Primary Sources
279(1)
Secondary Sources
279(2)
Research Papers and the Use of Secondary Sources
281(1)
How to Find Information and Opinions about Literature
281(16)
I. Library Catalogs and Stacks
282(1)
II. Library Reference Room
282(10)
III. Library Periodicals Room and Stacks
292(1)
IV. Information and Opinion on the Internet
292(5)
Evaluating the Quality of Internet Sites
297(2)
Giving Credit to Sources
299(4)
Why ShouldYou Give Credit?
299(1)
When Should You Give Credit?
299(3)
Where ShouldYou Give Credit?
302(1)
Correct Documentary Form
303(23)
Guidelines for Parenthetical Citations
304(7)
Guidelines for Using Footnotes and Endnotes
311(1)
Guidelines and Form for the Works Cited List: General Rules
312(1)
Sample Entries for Books
313(4)
Sample Entry for Articles in Scholarly Journals
317(1)
Sample Entries for Articles in Popular Publications
317(1)
Sample Entries for Computer Databases
318(6)
Sample Entries for Other Nonprint Sources
324(2)
Frequently Used Abbreviations
326(1)
Sample Research Paper
327(17)
Harold Wright, "The Monster's Education in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"
327(17)
Comments on the Research Paper
344(1)
Checklist for Documentation and Research
344(3)
12 Taking Essay Tests
347(1)
Guidelines for Taking Essay Tests
348(3)
Sample Test Essays
351(4)
Essay 1
352(1)
Comments on Essay 1
352(1)
Essay 2
352(1)
Comments on Essay 2
353(1)
Essay 3
353(1)
Comments on Essay 3
354(1)
Checklist for Taking Essay Tests
355(2)
13 Sample Essays
357(1)
Essay on a Poem
357(5)
Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory
357(1)
George Cannon, "Point of View in Edwin Arlington Robinson's 'Richard Cory"'
358(4)
Essay on a Short Story
362(11)
Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado
362(6)
Blake Long, "Montresor's Fate in Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado"'
368(5)
Essay on a Play
373(18)
Susan Glaspell, Trifles
373(12)
Carolyn Briner, "The Meaning of Physical Objects in Susan Glaspell's Trifles"
385(6)
Essay on a Novel
391(8)
Shalita Forrest, "First Love, Lost Love in George Eliot's Adam Bede"
392(7)
Glossary 399(16)
Credits 415(2)
Index of Concepts and Terms 417(7)
Index of Critics, Authors, and Works 424


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