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WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE THE PURPOSE OF LITERARY ANALYSIS The best literary analyses provide original, creative ways of looking at a piece of literature. Good analysis does not bog a story, poem, or play down in cryptic speculation but offers clarity, revealing what a piece of literature does and how it does it. Good analysis is the product of critical reading and well-reasoned interpretation; it is never a simple statement of a personal or emotional response, and it should not be a mere judgment on whether a piece of literature is “any good.” While you will bring your unique, creative powers to bear in writing about literature, your analysis, then, cannot simply be a statement of how you feel about the literature or if you like a story, poem, or play. Having read critically, you will marshal your interpretation forth, providing solid evidence to support your reading. When arguing about literature, you should aim to enlighten your readers about the text, not impress them with your dazzling vocabulary or theoretical skills. Finally, while you should argue
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2008 for the course ENGL 1102 taught by Professor Waren during the Spring '08 term at Middle Georgia State College.

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