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Essential Literary Terms: A Brief Norton Guide with Exercisesby Sharon Hamilton
Synopses & Reviews
This brief, friendly guide provides beginning readers of literature with a source for clear, concise definitions of 125 key literary terms--from allusion, epigram, and irony to paradox and personification to simile, tetrameter, and tone. Designed for ease of reference, the entries in "Essential Literary Terms" carefully define each term, provide examples from classic and contemporary literature, and reinforce understanding with critical-analysis exercises. For readers who want to take conversations about literature to a deeper level, "Essential Literary Terms" gives them the tools and vocabulary to grow beyond a superficial "I like it/ I don't" response and to begin to divine the art behind the work.
Book News Annotation:
This text defines over 220 literary terms and offers examples and exercises to increase comprehension. The exercises, which build in length, ask students to identify a literary device in a passage and to analyze the way the device affects the meaning and overall effect of the work. The guide also includes a brief appendix on MLA documentation and a sample student paper on a literary topic. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
offers clear, concise definitions over 220 must-know literary terms for introductory students.
Essential Literary Termsoffers clear, concise definitions over 220 must-know literary terms for introductory students. Drawing on her extensive teaching experience, Sharon Hamilton uses classroom-tested examples and exercises to reinforce students" understanding and help them apply what they learn in their own writing.
Drawing on her extensive teaching experience, Sharon Hamilton uses classroom-tested examples and exercises to reinforce students' understanding and help them apply what they learn in their own writing.
About the Author
Sharon Hamilton (Ph.D. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) has taught college literature courses at Eastern Michigan, Baylor, and Hunter, and advanced-placement English at Phillips Exeter Academy and the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, where she currently teaches. She is an award-winning teacher, NEH teaching workshop leader, and AP Consultant for the College Board. She is author of Shakespeare's Daughters, Shakespeare: A Teaching Guide, as well as multiple books on solving common writing problems.
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