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Tips for Close Reading

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Tips on Close Reading of a Literary Passage To do a close reading, you choose a specific passage (or a complete text, if it is a relatively short genre, for example - an essay, a poem, etc.) and analyze it in fine detail, placing great emphasis on the particular over the general, paying close attention to individual words, syntax, and the order in which sentences and ideas unfold as they are read. Close reading is important because it is the building block for larger analysis. Your thoughts evolve not from someone else's opinion about the reading, but from your own observations. The more closely you can observe, the more original and exact your ideas will be. It's often a good idea, in fact, to do an intensive close reading of a passage one day, and then come back to it again with a new look on a following day. To begin your close reading, ask yourself several specific questions about the passage. The following questions are not a formula, but a starting point for your own thoughts. When you arrive at some answers, you are ready to organize and write. You should organize your close
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