Widely used in introductory literature courses, this book provides valuable guidelines for interpreting literature and writing essays. It includes a thorough discussion of the 3 main literary genresfiction, drama, and poetry, an overview of literary theory, guidelines for writing essays, procedures for writing and documenting research essays, a selection of full-length works that illustrate key points, and student essays. This text provides valuable guidelines for interpreting literature and writing essays about literature.
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Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART I: INTERPRETING LITERATURE. 1. Strategies for Interpreting Literature. 2. What is Literature? Walt Whitman, Cavalry Crossing a Ford. Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, My Friend, the Things that Do Attain. Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love. Sir Walter Raleigh, The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd. 3. Interpreting Fiction. 4. Interpreting Drama. 5. Interpreting Poetry. Emily Bronte, The Night Is Darkening Round Me. William Wordsworth, A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal. Louise Bogan, Song for a Lyre. Jane Kenyon, In the Nursing Home. Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach. Robert Browning, My Last Duchess. Samuel Daniel, Love Is a Sickness. Thomas Campion, There Is a Garden in Her Face. William Blake, The Sick Rose. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 129. Edgar Allan Poe, To Helen. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116. Edna St. Vincent Millay, I, Being Born a Woman. Anonymous, The Daemon Lover. Emily Dickinson, Because I Could Not Stop for Death. Matsuo Basho, How to say goodbye! Taniguchi Buson, Under the blossoming pear. Kobayashi Issa, The old, plump bullfrog. Anonymous, Psalm 23. Ezra Pound, Xenia. Amy Lowell, Road to the Yoshiwara. Langston Hughes, Vagabonds. Elizabeth Bishop, One Art. George Herbert, Easter Wings. e. e. cummings, l(a. Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool. 6. Specialized Approaches to Interpreting Literature. PART II: WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE. 7. Writing about Literature. 8. Choosing Topics. 9. Drafting the Essay. 10. Revising and Editing. 11. Documentation and Research. 12. Taking Essay Tests. 13. Sample Essays. Appendix. Poems. Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory. Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man. Short Stories. Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants. Mary Robison, Yours. Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado. Play. Susan Glaspell, Trifles. Glossary. Credits. Index of Concepts and Terms. Index of Critics, Authors, and Works.