February 01, 2006
Roberts on Close Reading
Roberts on Close Readings...
"Always assume that everything you find there is connected to everything else in the work, and then analyze and explain that connection."
Roberts points out that a close reading does not involve telling the plot of a literary work from beginning to end, but picking out the detailed and important pieces of a work describing their importance within the part of the work they appear and then als invesigating on their importance and connection with the rest of the work. I feel by analyzing and writing like this a person will get the most that they possibly can from a work of literature and learn how to become more succesful in analyzing and enjoying works.
Posted by TerraStumpf at February 1, 2006 01:36 PM
I like how you linked "analyzing and enjoying." When students find a work boring, it could be because they're completely unfamiliar with the conventions the author is relying on and the subject matter the work is exploring. But often, that initial disjunction can be much less of a problem if you do look closely and find how the various elements in the story are connected.
Regarding the blogging, Terra, remember to type something in formative in the "Title" box, as you did when you posted on "Mending Wall." Since your other entries don't have titles, they're not appearing in the list of your recent entries (on the right-hand side of your blog home page).
You're already getting the hang of this -- good job.
Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at February 1, 2006 01:48 PM