Writing and literary analysis are fields with a language all their own: metaphor, metonymy, alliteration, analogy, onomatopoeia, and so on. It can be dizzying! Well, we're here to help. In SWLF's "Guide to English Essays" professors explain common literary forms and devices as well as tips and tools for writing and literary analysis. The series is designed with high school and college English students in mind and aims to be a tool that helps them meaningfully engage with texts and succeed in their literary studies.

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"What is a Sonnet?" A Guide for English Essays

Professor Rebecca Olson answers the question "What is a Sonnet?" by using an example from William Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" The short video is designed to help English students not only identify sonnets but also analyze their structure and common themes.

"What is Imagery?" A Guide for English Essays

What is Imagery? Professor Raymond Malewitz answers this question using an example from Kate Chopin's short story "The Story of an Hour." The video is designed to help English students not only identify imagery but also analyze its functions in stories and poems. 

"What is a Metaphor?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

Professor Tim Jensen answers the question "What is a Metaphor?" using an examples from everyday life, H.P. Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu, and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. The short video is designed to help high school and college English students to not only identify metaphors but also to analyze their structure and purpose.

"What is Hyperbole?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

Professor Elena Passarello answers the question "What is Hyperbole?" using examples from everyday life and the famous balcony scene from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The short video is designed to help high school and college English students to properly identify hyperbolic languageand to analyze its structure and purpose.