Joseph 1Chapter 1 – Introduction to Literature*What is Literature?-Literature can be classified according to whether it is fiction or non-fiction and whether it is poetry* or prose* (novel, novella, or short story).Color Code Note Chart Bold/Underlined – Headings Red/Underlined – Important Key Terms/ Notes / Important Dates. Green* – Find Examples Blue * -Things I understand.Underlined/Highlighted Yellow –Things I need to ask questionsabout/don’t understand.
Joseph 2-Elements of literature include the setting, the point of view, the mood/tone, and theme.-In literature you have a plot line, characters, conflict, and irony.-In Western Europe prior to the eighteenth century, literature as a term indicated all books and writing.-Major forms of literature include poetry (expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm), prose(written or spoken language in its ordinary forms such asnovel, novella, and short stories ), and drama (Drama is literature intended for performance that has an exciting, emotional, or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances.)-Example of a Poetry vs Prose Poetry :“ The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.But I have promises to keep,And miles to go before I sleep,And miles to go before I sleep.”Prose :“The woods look lovely against the setting darkness and as I gaze into the mysterious depthsof the forest, I feel like lingering here longer. However, I have pending appointments to keep, and much distance to cover before I settle in for the night, or else I will be late for all of them.”The above paragraph is conveying a similar message, but it is conveyed in ordinary language, without a formal metrical structure to bind it.
Joseph 3-In summary Literatureis a term used to describe written and sometimes spoken material. Derived from the Latin wordliterature meaning"writing formed with letters,"literaturemost commonly refers to works of the creative imagination, including poetry, drama, fiction, nonfiction, and in some instances, journalism, and song.* American Literature -How does Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi connect with American literature? –The ideal of needing to experience the story. It is said that reading a memoir of some gives a full experience of that person rather than the facts you find on Wikipedia.