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6.1: Introduction

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    • Understand the difference between connotation and denotation.
    • Identify metaphors and similes in a text.
    • Look for repetition within a text.
    • Find imagery in a text.


    Now that we've gone over the basics of reading literature, we'll explore some of the finer points of reading prose. What's Prose, you ask? Prose is writing without a rhyme scheme or metrical structure, written in full sentences, and often grouped into paragraphs. It's the kind of writing we do most often. In fact, the writing you're reading at this very moment is prose. Considering that most of what we read is prose, it is helpful to know what to look for when analyzing it. Thus, in this chapter we will focus on close reading, or looking for the important details in a text, narration, and structure.