TABLE OF CONTENTS
2. Table of Contents
3-4. Reflective Essay
5-10. Essay One
11-16. Essay Two
17-18. Reading Response One
19-20. Reading Response Two
21-22. Reading Response Three
23-24. Reading Response Four
25-26. Reading Response Five
Over the course of the spring semester of 2014, I’ve taken Interpretation of Literature with which I’ve learned a lot. During the course, we’ve touched on many different topics, from poetry, to short stories, to novels. And while I personally am not a fan of poetry, short stories, or novels, I find the ones we’ve read worth reading. The stories intertwined with the words on the pages made me want to continue reading past ...view middle of the document...
However, because we were using “close reading”, I had to pay attention to every line, and it worked. I was understanding why this poem was both powerful and emotional at the same time. Plath’s anger towards her father—whether true or facetious—was understandable through the text.
Another example of how close reading changed my opinion on something was when we were reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I wrote about the character Oskar for my second essay in the class, and I wanted to understand why he acted the way he did. “Oskar searches for the answer to a mysterious envelope that he believes belonged to his father, and struggles to cope with the fact that his father died during the attacks on September 11th, 2001 by creating inventions” (11). This was my thesis for the paper, and because of how I wrote it, I had to find out all about Oskar’s inventions and why they were important to him. Because of this, I had to reread certain parts of the book and to analyze the situation he was in. Using close reading helped with this because I wouldn’t have been able to catch all the reasons as to why he was acting the way he did.
A final example that I will bring up was when I had to write about Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson for my first essay. The two are established poets who share common themes throughout their poetry and in their everyday life. In my thesis for my first essay, I discussed how they’re similar: “such as their choice in story, their choice for themes, and their choice of and as a narrator” (5). Without looking into their past or without close reading, I would have never known that they shared such common similarities.
Overall, Interpretation of Literature has taught me quite a bit about how to analyze a poem through the use of close reading. If I had no learned this skill, I would not be able to thoroughly review a story to the fullest. Because of this, I’m glad I took this class and I appreciate the opportunity.
Two of the most popular poets of the 19th and 20th centuries are Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath, respectively. These women were born nearly one hundred years apart, but their writing is strikingly similar, especially through the use of the speaker. In fact, in Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy”, she writes about her father and compares him to domineering figures, such as Adolf Hitler, a teacher, and a vampire; and in Emily Dickinson’s poem “She dealt her pretty words like blades—“, she talks about bullies and how they affect a person’s life—another domineering figure. Despite being born in different centuries, Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath are parallel in a multitude of ways, such as their choice in story, their choice for themes, and their choice of and as a narrator.
Emily Dickinson is regarded as “America’s most original poet” and was born on December 10th, 1830 (Mays, Pg. 945). During her life, she spent most of her time alone in her house, spending time with only herself and writing poetry. When...