Structural Analysis

Contents

How to Write About Literature: Six Categories

Preface -  Introduction - Six Overlapping Categories: First Contact; Petals and Faces; Literature - Writers, Narrators, Speakers, & Personas - Myth & Religion - Secular Discourse - Ambiguity

1: Space - Introduction - A crow’s flight into the forest - A tiny house in a tiny village - A church in the sky - A car on the highway - A master in the forest

2: Time - Cherry Blossoms - Shelley and Tagore on Time - Historical Ages and Periods

3: Character - Portions for Foxes - The Other Girl - The Lady Doth Protest Alot - Macbeth’s Dagger

4: Relationship - Introduction - Dorothy Parker on the Sexes - Bhartrhari on Attraction - Poetry in Prose: The Golden Lotus - Spenser on eternal love

5: Theme - Introduction - On Death: “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” (Sample Essay and Scratch Outline) - Brooks on Music and War (Sample Essay)

6: Style - Introduction - From Image to Conceit: Symbolism & the Apple - Keats’ “Ode to a Grecian Urn” - Onomatopoeia in Poe’s “Ulalume” - Rosetti’s “The Sonnet” - Ottava Rima in Byron’ Don Juan

Style Exercises - Sonnet 130 - Mood & the Raven - Metaphor & Symbol: Pratt & Poe - Metaphor & Space in Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” - Swift on Guns: Text, Analysis, Practice # 1, Partial Outline & Essay, Practice #2

Describing Music

Music Description - Reason or Rhyme - Historical Analysis - Gender and Linkin Park - Non-formal Description - Review of Sgt. Pepper’s - Literary Descriptions - Reviews of To Pimp a Butterfly and DAMN. - Babylon Montage - Beyoncé at Coachella - The Saxophone

Music Terms A - L

Music Terms M - Z

Analyzing Audio-Visual

Moulin Rouge! - "Elephant Love Medley" - Sample Essay: “All You Need Is Love”

Mad Men - Sample Essay: “The Falling Cat”

Lord of War - Introduction - Setting 1 - Setting 2 - Setting 3 - Scratch Outline - Full Outline

Gandhi - Amritsar Massacre Scene - Summary - Essay - Scratch Outline - Full Outline - Essay Reminders - Trailer & Chart - Historical Notes - Dialogue from the Film

Boardwork

Boardwork - Hamlet’s Ophelia — The Year of Living Dangerously — “Sonnet 116” & “Black Star” — The Master and Margarita — “Long Road Out of Eden” — “Brain Damage” and Eclipse” — “Paint It Black” & “Black” — “The Nymph’s Reply” & “The Girl from Ermita” — “Anthem for Doomed Youth” & “Dulce et Decorum Est” — “Sonnet 130” & “Bright Star” — “And I Will War” & “Fight Song”