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English Literature Analysis

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • This free online course offers a comprehensive introduction to English literature analysis. Taking selected drama masterpieces including Macbeth and The Crucible and several poems as examples; the course introduces the learner to literature, play and theatre analysis. This course is ideal for students of English literature, and for those wishing to expand their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of this rewarding subject.

  • On completing this course you will understand the writings, history, poetry techniques, and structures that were used by Samuel Coleridge. You will know Coleridge's references to music, his rhyme schemes and you will understand how to interpret the meaning of his poem Kubla Khan. You will gain a good knowledge of Coleridge's other poems such as The Eolian Harp, This Lime Tree Bower, My Prison and Frost at Midnight.You will have a good knowledge of the life and work of William Shakespeare. This course will help you to understand Shakespeare’s language, quotes and poetry. You will become more familiar with some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. This course will introduce you to the techniques that Shakespeare used when directing on stage. This course will teach you the techniques used by Arthur Miller in the play the 'The Crucible' including setting, characters, structure, drama.

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English Literature Analysis
  • Free

  • 3-4 Hours

  • XSIQ

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

Modules List( 18 )
  • Module
    1
    Introduction to Samuel Coleridge
    • Introduction to Samuel Coleridge This course is an introduction to the English language writer Samuel Coleridge. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • The Early Years
    • 1798 - 1810
    • 1811 - 1815
    • Conversation poems overview
    • Conversation poem examples
    • Systolic rhythm
    • The Romantics and Romantic poetry
    • Tenets of Romanticism
  • Module
    2
    Coleridge Kubla Khan
    • Coleridge Kubla Khan This course is an introduction to the story 'Kubla Khan' by Coleridge. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Introduction
    • Background history
    • Music and Kubla Khan
    • Rhyme scheme
    • Interpreting Kubla Khan
    • General and specific meanings
    • Imagery
    • Sacred and sexual imagery
    • Order and chaos
    • The River metaphor
    • Kubla Khan as an extended metaphor
    • Music and vision
    • Poetic inspiration
    • Conclusion
  • Module
    3
    Coleridge The Eolian Harp
    • Coleridge The Eolian HarpThis course is an introduction to the poem 'The Eolian Harp' by Samuel Coleridge. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Introduction
    • The appeal to the senses
    • Using movement
    • The artist as creator
    • Myth, magic and fantasy
    • Associations and the one life theme
    • Main Display
    • Interpretations
  • Module
    4
    Coleridge This Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison
    • Coleridge This Lime-Tree Bower, My PrisonThis course is an introduction to the poem 'The Lime-Tree Bower' by Samuel Coleridge. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Introduction
    • Background
    • Systolic movement
    • Alternating images
    • Similarities to Frost at Midnight
    • Humanity, God and nature
    • Beauty in the microcosm
    • Concluding remarks
  • Module
    5
    Coleridge Frost at Midnight
    • Coleridge Frost at Midnight This course is an introduction to the poem 'Frost at Midnight' by Samuel Coleridge. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Introduction
    • Tone and movement
    • The central paradox
    • Symbols and consciousness
    • Poetic form
    • Sound structure
    • Egotism and symbols
    • Movement and thought
    • Present and future
    • Rhythm
    • Themes and rhythm
    • Nature and God
    • The final reconciliation
  • Module
    6
    Introduction to Macbeth by Shakespeare
    • Introduction to Macbeth by ShakespeareThis course is an introduction to the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare.The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Introduction
    • Setting and stage
    • The opening scene
  • Module
    7
    Macbeth Act One
    • Macbeth Act OneThis course is an introduction to Act One of the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare.The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Act one, scene one
    • Act one, scene two
    • Act one, scene three
    • Act one, scene three continued
    • Act one, scene three continued
    • Act one, scene four
    • Act one, scene five
    • Act one, scene seven
  • Module
    8
    Macbeth Act Two
    • Macbeth Act TwoThis course is an introduction to Act Two of the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare.The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Act two, scene one
    • Act two, scene two
    • Act two, scene three
    • Act two, scene four
  • Module
    9
    Macbeth Act Three
    • Macbeth Act ThreeThis course is an introduction to Act Three of the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare.The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Act three, scene one
    • Act three, scene two
    • Act three, scene four
    • Act three, scene six
  • Module
    10
    Macbeth Act Four
    • Macbeth Act FourThis course is an introduction to Act Four of the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare.The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Act four, scene one
    • Act four, scene two
    • Act four, scene three
  • Module
    11
    Macbeth Act Five
    • Macbeth Act FiveThis course is an introduction to Act Five of the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Act five, scene one
    • Act five, scene three
    • Act five, scene five
    • Act five, scene seven
  • Module
    12
    Macbeth Themes
    • Macbeth ThemesThis course is an introduction to themes in the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare.The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • The presence of evil
    • Ambition
    • Guilt
    • Deceptiveness - appearances and reality
    • Masculinity
    • Themes and imagery
  • Module
    13
    The Crucible Act One
    • The Crucible Act OneThis course is an introduction to Act One of the play 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller.The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Setting
    • Characters
    • Parris
    • Abigail
    • Abigail continued
    • John Proctor
    • Reverend Hale
    • Dramatic structure of act one
    • Dramatic features of act one
  • Module
    14
    The Crucible Act Two
    • The Crucible Act TwoThis course is an introduction to Act Two of the play 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller.The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Introduction
    • Act two summary
    • Dramatic features of act two
    • Character development
  • Module
    15
    The Crucible Act Three
    • The Crucible Act ThreeThis course is an introduction to Act Three of the play 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller.The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Introduction
    • Act three summary
    • Dramatic features of act three
  • Module
    16
    The Crucible Act Four
    • The Crucible Act FourThis course is an introduction to Act Four of the play 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller.The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Introduction
    • Act four summary
    • Dramatic features of act four
  • Module
    17
    Themes in The Crucible by Miller
    • Themes in The Crucible by MillerThis course is an introduction to themes in the play 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller.The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Authority and the individual
    • Guilt
    • Ambition
    • Morality
  • Assessment
    • Assessment
    • Introduction to English Literature Assessment
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