Writing Essays

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WRITING THE ANALYTICAL ESSAY One of the most frequently assigned essays in English 1101 and 1102 is the analytical essay. It can be one of the most challenging essays to write, but mastering its technique is very important. That is because students who advance in almost every academic field will be asked to write with an analytical focus. What is an analytical essay? The key to understanding its nature is in the word "analyze." To "analyze" the content of a poem, for example, one must break it into its components or parts in order to get a full understanding of its meaning. This may mean investigating the poem's structure, its language, its symbolism, and even its historical context. All this will help you as the writer and your reader understand what the poet was trying to say. Your analysis may not be identical to someone else's idea of the poem, but, if your investigation is logical, believable, and well defended, it will be well received. What an analytical essay is not An analytical essay is not a summary of the work. If you find yourself paraphrasing parts of the object of your investigation (an event. a piece of art, a work of literature) or "retelling the story," then you are not writing an analytical essay. There is another pitfall that writers new to this type of essay may encounter. Let's return to the analysis of that poem. If you are merely telling "what" the poem means to you, you are falling short of the goal. The true analytical essay A true analytical essay explores "how" the poem emerges with a particular meaning. This "how" is investigated by explaining the relationship of the parts of the poem. The reader is shown how the meaning of the poem emerges from this relationship of parts. The analytical essay then helps the reader understand the relationship of the parts of the work being examined and how that relationship reveals the meaning of

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