tailieunhanh - Reading comprehension success part 16

Tham khảo tài liệu 'reading comprehension success part 16', ngoại ngữ, kỹ năng đọc tiếng anh phục vụ nhu cầu học tập, nghiên cứu và làm việc hiệu quả | LESSON 19 Finding Meaning in Literature LESSON SUMMARY Many people are scared of reading literature stories poems and plays especially if they have to answer questions about it as in a test situation. But now that you know so much about finding an implied main idea you can also find the theme or main idea of a work of literature. This lesson works with poetry to show you how to do it. Literature novels poems stories and plays can be quite intimidating to many readers. In literature meanings are often implied and messages and themes are not conveniently housed in a topic sentence. However no matter what you are reading you can feel confident that the author has left behind clues that will help you to find the theme the main idea . As an active reader you are now well-equipped to read between the lines to find meaning in anything you read. Throughout these pages you have spent a great deal of time locating the main ideas in various pieces of writing. Finding the theme of a work of literature is similar to finding the main idea in an article passage or memo. Just as the main idea is more than the subject of a given article passage or memo the theme of a work of literature is also more than just its subject It is what the text says about that subject. Theme in other words is the overall message or idea that a work of literature conveys. For example you can probably figure out from the title that the subject of John Donne s poem Death Be Not Proud is death. However the theme is not merely death but what the poem says about death which happens to be that death is a gift if one believes in God. 137 FINDING MEANING IN LITERATURE There isn t room in this short lesson to look at theme in a short story novel or play. So this lesson will introduce you to a few poems. But don t be frightened Reading poetry is really just like reading anything else. You just have to read a little more carefully and rely a little more on your sense of observation. You find theme in poetry the .