Literature-in-English

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William Shakespeare – A Brief Biography

Reading Time: 2 minutes At long last, you will now know all the important details of the biography of William Shakespeare, the English playwright and poet. Ready? Let’s go! William Shakespeare, the playwright, was born in 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon in England. Shakespeare’s father was a wealthy trader. His mother also came from a rich family. Shakespeare …

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Significance of the Plot of Romeo and Juliet

Reading Time: 2 minutes I want us to take a closer look at the plot of Romeo and Juliet. This is a follow-up tutorial to the one in which I gave you my straightforward, no-meandering-around-the-curves plot summary of Romeo and Juliet. My focus here today is going to be on something equally relevant. I’m talking about the significance of …

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Literary Devices & Figures of Speech 101 (+ PDF)

Reading Time: 18 minutes FIGURES OF SPEECH AND OTHER LITERARY TERMS Figures of Speech or Literary devices refer to the use of language (constructions, statements etc.) in ways that are unusual or special. These expressions are different from  the way we ordinarily use language. Example: 1. A: Ordinary Usage: I fell asleep at 10:00 pm 2. B: Special/Unusual Usage: …

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A Short Summary of Romeo and Juliet

Reading Time: 5 minutes There are countless versions of a summary of Romeo and Juliet. So why should you consider this additional one? It is because this summary of Romeo and Juliet speaks to you in a way you will easily follow. That alone makes your understanding and appreciation of this play by William Shakespeare much easier. Are you …

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Unseen Prose Past Questions and Answers – WASSCE Literature

Reading Time: 14 minutes Unseen prose is an essential part of the WAEC/WASSCE Literature-in-English question paper. This is why I have taken the trouble just to do you this singular favour. We are going far back into the past to dig out some of the most outstanding WASSCE Literature unseen prose questions the people at WAEC have ever set. …

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Literature Past Questions for WASSCE 2020

Reading Time: 4 minutes You definitely need your Literature past questions in order to prepare sufficiently for the May/June WASSCE. You are in the same soup if yours is the NOV/DEC WASSCE in 2020. Knowing this, I have decided to compile for you a good number of WAEC/WASSCE Literature-in-English questions. They are the questions that came up in the …

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How to Answer “Relate the Title to the Theme” Questions in Literature

Reading Time: 4 minutes You must be familiar with the WAEC/WASSCE Literature in English (Poetry) question which asks you to relate the title to the theme. I want to teach you how to answer this mostly repeated type of WAEC/WASSCE Literature-in-English essay question under Poetry. It does not really matter whether the type of WASSCE Poetry question falls under …

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The Panic of Growing Older by Lenrie Peters

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here is the full text of the poem The Panic of Growing Older by the Gambian poet, Lenrie Peters. You can also read the complete analysis of the poem, The Panic of Growing Older. LENRIE PETERS: THE PANIC OF GROWING OLDER Stanza One The panic of growing older spreads fluttering winds from year to year …

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Vanity Analyzed – Subject Matter, Themes & Poetic Devices

Reading Time: 7 minutes So you want Birago Diop’s poem Vanity analyzed for your easy understanding, right? Then you have done well to visit this site. Because you will not be disappointed. This tutorial is all about a detailed analysis of Vanity, a poem by the Senegalese poet, Birago Diop. Please click here to view the full text of …

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The Complete Text of the Poem Journey of the Magi

Reading Time: 2 minutes Here is the full text of the Poem Journey of the Magi by T.S. Eliot. T.S. Eliot: Journey of the Magi Stanza One A cold coming we had of it, The ways deep and the weather sharp The very dead of winter. And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow There …

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Journey of the Magi Analyzed – Subject Matter, Themes & Poetic Devices

Reading Time: 5 minutes Topic: Journey of the Magi Analyzed – Subject Matter, Themes and Poetic Devices This tutorial is meant to give you a complete analysis of the poem Journey of the Magi. You will know the subject matter, the themes and poetic devices in T.S. Eliot’s poem, Journey of the Magi. Remember that Journey of the Magi …

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The Full Text of the Poem The Good Morrow

Reading Time: < 1 minute John Donne: The Good Morrow First Stanza I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then? But sucked on country pleasures, childishly Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den? ‘Twas so, but this, all pleasures fancies be If ever any beauty I did see …

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The Good Morrow Analyzed – Subject Matter, Themes & Poetic Devices

Reading Time: 3 minutes Let’s do an in depth analysis of The Good Morrow, a poem by the metaphysical poet, John Donne. This tutorial will help you to get a proper understanding of the subject matter, themes and poetic devices in John Donne’s poem The Good Morrow. Background Information The setting of this monologue is an early morning. This …

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The Thematic Significance of Fofo’s Dream in Faceless

Reading Time: 3 minutes One question we cannot afford to ignore is about the thematic significance of Fofo’s dream in Amma Darko’s novel, Faceless. So I am going to describe for you the dream Fofo had bringing out its thematic significance. Fofo’s Dream Fofo has a dream as she sleeps on an old cardboard at the Agbogbloshie Market. In …

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