Meter - measure or structuring of rhythm in a poem Plot - the arrangement of ideas and/or incidents that make up a story Rhythm - often thought of as a poem’s timing.
Tone - the implied attitude towards the subject of the poem. A poet conveys tone by combining all of the elements listed above to create a precise impression on the reader.
Antigone by Sophocles is a play in which betrayal plays an important part.
Your essay should point out the author’s choices and attempt to explain their significance.
Another way to look at a literary analysis is to consider a piece of literature from your own perspective.
Denotation - dictionary definition of a word Diction - word choice that both conveys and emphasizes the meaning or theme of a poem through distinctions in sound, look, rhythm, syllable, letters, and definition Figurative language - the use of words to express meaning beyond the literal meaning of the words themselves Imagery - the author’s attempt to create a mental picture (or reference point) in the mind of the reader.
Remember, though the most immediate forms of imagery are visual, strong and effective imagery can be used to invoke an emotional, sensational (taste, touch, smell etc) or even physical response.
For example, a Shakespearean sonnet is a 14-line poem written in iambic pentameter.
Because the sonnet is strictly constrained, it is considered a closed or fixed form.
Rather than thinking about the author’s intentions, you can develop an argument based on any single term (or combination of terms) listed below.
You’ll just need to use the original text to defend and explain your argument to the reader.