This book is a classic. Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense has been consistently updated through its revised editions and remains the model for introductory literature texts. It is compact and easy to hold—not bloated and indiscriminate in its selections
1. Writing About Literature. 2. Reading the Story. Plot and Structure. 3. Characterization. 4. Theme. 5. Point if View. 6. Symbol, Allegory, and Fantasy. 7. Humor and Irony. 8. Evaluating Fiction. 9. Anton Chekhov, Flannery O'Connor, and Joyce Carol Oates. 10. Stories for Further Reading. 11. What Is Poetry? 12. Reading the Poem. 13. Denotation and Connotation. 14. Imagery. 15. Figurative language 1: Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Apostrophe, Metonymy. 16. Figurative Language 2: Symbol, Allegory. 17. Figurative Language 3: Paradox, Overstatement, Understatement, Irony. 18. Allusion. 19. Meaning and Idea. 20. Tone. 21. Musical Devices. 22. Rhythm and Meter. 23. Sound and Meaning. 24. Pattern. 25. Evaluating Poetry 1: Sentimental, Rhetorical, Didactic Verse. 26. Evaluating Poetry 2: Sentimental, Rhetorical, Didactic Verse. 27. Poems for Further Reading. 28. The Elements of Drama.