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A Very Short Introduction to English Literature: text analyser

Explore the text of English Literature: A Very Short Introduction, by Jonathan Bate. In this text analyser you can explore the ways in which Bate covers different types of literature, poetry, and novels.

The frequency of the words found in Bate’s fascinating book will not come as a surprise, but key words such as ‘Shakespeare’ lead us to explore his plays and other writers and contemporaries such as Samuel Johnson.

The focus of English Literature: A Very Short Introduction is wide, shifting from the birth of the novel and the brilliance of English comedy to the deep Englishness of landscape poetry and the ethnic diversity of Britain’s Nobel literature laureates. It goes on to provide a more in-depth analysis, with close readings from an extraordinary scene in King Lear to a war poem by Carol Ann Duffy, and a series of striking examples of how literary texts change as they are transmitted from writer to reader.

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