Introduction to Writing About Literature

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Learning OutcomesPhoto of a hand holding a pencil, writing on a piece of notebook paper

  • Find and use historical sources to discuss the historical context of a literary work
  • Find and use literary criticism in your analysis of literary works
  • Cite sources correctly using MLA format

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