English 103: Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

Watch video lessons on analyzing and interpreting literature. Learn about poetry, prose, drama, literary terms and more. Take self-assessment quizzes to make sure you understand the material. 

About this Course

Improve your ability to read and understand literature and analyze elements in literary passages through this course. The brief but comprehensive videos in this set of lessons cover poetry and prose, dramatic literature and literary terms, in addition to providing tips on writing better essays. Our experienced, professional educators have designed this course - and the accompanying self-assessment quizzes - to help you understand the fundamental requirements for analyzing and interpreting literature.

Course Topics

Interpreting Literature Discover reading strategies you can use to better understand literature. Learn how to use context to determine the meaning of words and use things, like connotation, denotation, tone and mood, to better understand what you are reading.
Types of Poetry Explore different types of poetry, including blank verse, free verse and narrative poems, like epics and ballads. Also take a look at lyric poetry, such as odes and sonnets.
Prose Examine prose to learn how to interpret the meaning in what you are reading. Find out more about types of prose, such as novels, novelettes, short stories, fables, folktales, myths and legends.
Dramatic Literature Analyze dramatic writing to learn what it is. In addition, learn about types of dramas, like tragedy, comedy, farce, melodrama and mixed forms.
Literary Terms Dig into a study of literary terms, such as metaphor, synecdoche, metonymy, clichés, paradoxes, equivocations, similes, personification, irony, allusion, illusion, themes and motifs. Take a look at point-of-view and types of point-of-view, like limited, objective and omniscient.
Basics of Writing Essays Learn some basic tips for writing essays. Learn to write them quickly, to practice to get better and to proofread an essay for spelling and grammar. Also, study things like logical fallacies, audience opposition and writing a persuasive essay.

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