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Explicating Poetry: Shakespeare's Sonnet 46
Understanding Poetry
  • Adam Kotlarczyk, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
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The term “explication” comes from a Latin participle of explico, which means to “unfold” or “disentangle.” The term is often applied to philosophy and to literature; in literature, it has become a procedure very important to New Criticism. In the process of explication, a reader forges a detailed analysis of the structural and figurative components within a work, focusing on ambiguities, multiple possibilities of interpretation, and interrelationships between various elements of the text. This lesson introduces students to explication through the reading of a complex poem, practice explicating it as a class, and reading a model explication about the poem. This lesson can take 40-60 minutes, depending on the size of your class.
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Adam Kotlarczyk. "Explicating Poetry: Shakespeare's Sonnet 46" (2012)
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