Literary Analysis

 

General Literary Analysis Issues

Writing About Literature (Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL))
Discussion about the issues to consider when writing an essay about literature.

Composition Guide (Presbyterian College)
Discussion of the basic organization of  a literary analysis.

Basic Tips for Writing a Literary Analysis (Sierra College)
Tips and general rules for writing a literary analysis.

Literature and Writing Essay Resources: Analyzing a Passage (Goshen College)
Useful tips, with helpful examples, for analyzing texts.

Integrating Quotations from a Literary Text into a Literary Analysis Paper (UW-Madison Writing Center)
Information on how to select and use quotes from a literary piece.

 

Literary Terms

Literary Terms (Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL))
Definitions of major literary terms.

Literary Analysis: Terms (The RSCC Online Writing Lab)
List of literary terms and their definitions.

 

Fiction

Writing About Fiction (Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL))
Discussion of the issues to consider when writing an essay about fiction.

Literature (Fiction) (The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Lists a nine step process for writing literature essays.

 

Poetry

Writing About Poetry (Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL))
Discussion of the issues to consider when writing an essay about poetry.

Poetry Explication (The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Guide to writing an essay about poetry.

Poetry Analysis (Undergraduate Writing Center at the University of Texas)
Tips on understanding and analyzing poetic elements and tools.

Analyzing Poetry (Northern Kentucky University)
List of guidelines to follow and questions to ask when analyzing poetry.

 

Drama

Drama (The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Lists definitions of terms used when writing about drama and explains how to write about plays, productions, and performances.