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Tag: English literature
What ‘Romeo and Juliet’ shows us about love
Most people, lit and non-lit lovers alike, would have heard of Romeo and Juliet.
What Maya Angelou’s ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ shows us about pain
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What’s the difference between form & structure?
Two of the most commonly mixed-up words in the study of English Literature are ‘form’ and ‘structure’.
What’s the difference between personification, anthropomorphism & pathetic fallacy?
The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s – he takes the lead
In summer luxury, – he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
— On the Grasshopper and Cricket (1884), by John Keats
‘The wind howled in anger’, ‘the trees danced in the wind’, ‘the keyboard said, “are you done with typing already?!”
What do these three phrases share?
How to understand obscure references in literature: your ultimate guide to allusion
If paradox is perplexing and conceit is confusing, then allusion is probably one of the most annoying literary devices out there.
How to write literary analysis well (It’s not as hard as you may think…)
Have you ever sat in an English class or read literary criticism – and wondered how some people manage to come up with creative – at times far-fetched – interpretations of poems and novels?
Is the print book dead? Debating the pros and cons of real books
It’s the digital age, they say. We do things the digital way, they say. But do we really?
What ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ show us about the American Dream
The American Dream is a popular concept in American literature, and perhaps an even more popular study topic for high school English students.
Most people can’t tell these 4 literary devices apart: your guide to paradox, oxymoron, antithesis & contrast
Following my post on comparative devices (simile, metaphor, analogy and conceit), some readers have asked me to write a post on contrasting devices.