Analytical article

The analytical article or the literary article is not to be understood as an article in the classical sense, but is a particular genre that points to literary analysis that are written at university and in literary journals.

The basics of an analyzing article is that it is a written dissemination of a text analysis: one must disseminate one’s text analysis in writing.

The structure of an analytical article

Analysis and interpretation

  • possibly start with the form of manufacture
  • analysis and interpretation towards point 1
  • analysis and interpretation towards point 2
  • etc.
  • overall interpretation against statements, life picture based on points 1, 2, etc.
  • Have the analytical and interpretative points established before perspective
  • Perspective is not an account of period or genre, but is a work on how the text fits into a period or genre. The focus is therefore still on the text, but where in analysis and interpretation you only work with the text, you bring into perspective the text in relation to something else; period or genre for example.

Analysis and the interpretation part

It is important that the analysis does not follow a fixed model, but that the assignment is structured around pointers – key phrases. Each section has its own point, and therefore there will be several points that collectively point to the statement or theme of the text. A point can be a feature of the protagonist or the description of nature.

Thus, a statement / theme is based on several points; some points are more banal and hardly as high-flying as others, and the high-flying, abstract points should like to come after the banal. The symbol interpretation lies, for example. typically as one of the last sections of analysis and the interpretive section.

  • The individual analysis and interpretation section
  • A good section can be structured according to the PEEL model:
  • Pointe
  • Evidence – documentation in the form of quotations
  • Explanation – explanation in the form of analysis and interpretation. Here it is important to be
  • textual and apply academic concepts.
  • Link Connection Phrases. A paragraph starts with a paragraph leader, and also in the section itself, connecting sentences or links will link one analysis and interpretation to the next quote and analysis and interpretation.

In the link below you can see a small clip where a student answer is reviewed based on the PEE (L) model.

The individual sections are structured according to the following somewhat schematic model: presentation to points – quotation – analysis of quotation and interpretation – link – quotation – analysis and interpretation – main points / key phrase. This is very schematic, and a task where all sections are consistently constructed over that formula will be far too monotonous to read.

Always remember to find meaning (interpretation) in the selected quotes – and avoid here what meaning it has for the reader or the audience, and instead focus on the meaning within the text.

Once you have reached a point that can be further supported by metaphor usage, analyze the metaphor precisely in relation to that point, rather than having a paragraph with the imagery for itself. In this way, the metaphor analysis becomes relevant to your analysis and interpretation of the content rather than separate from the content.

Work only on what you can find meaningful – unless you are explicitly asked to do something special.

A typical mistake is to do a symbol analysis early in your written analysis. It is good to have a symbolic analysis, but it should appear when you can get an already established point to shed light on an element of the text that can be read symbolically. Symbol analysis must therefore be confirmed based on something that the previous analysis and interpretation has already pointed out. In this way, the symbol lies on something that has already been dealt with, and thus gets value from something else in the text.

Perspectives None

In the analyzing article, there will be a final perspective. Where analysis and interpretation work within the text and within the text alone, which means that you do not mix the author, period or reality into his analysis and interpretation, then in the perspective you see the text in the light of something else. One should not, for example, explain the Modern Breakthrough and conclude by writing that the content of the literary flow fits well with the text. It will be a statement more than a perspective.

The perspective should show how the text is an expression of the Modern Breakthrough, for example. The wording in the assignment states that the text is still important – just as in analysis and interpretation. It is the text that needs perspective. Therefore, one must show what in the text reflects the Modern Breakthrough, but also where it does not, if so. In the perspective, the text still has to be unfolded, but now it is unfolded in relation to something else.

So in perspective, one must answer how the content of the text reflects the Modern Breakthrough or how the text reflects in the short story genre. Of course, the knowledge one has about the Modern Breakthrough or the short story genre comes into perspective, but it will not be the most filling one. One can very roughly say that the textual development fills approx. 2/3 of the perspective – this must be taken with great caution. It is important to see that the text is still at the center.

Here you can see two examples of perspectives, one of which has a persistent focus on the text, while the other mainly explains the Modern Breakthrough.

The opening

Write the introduction as the penultimate thing you do. In the introduction, the theme of the text is linked to reality and awakens a reader’s recognition. That is, the introduction starts in reality: The theme the text addresses is linked to the reality we all know. Only at the end of the introduction is the text presented with the title, author and year of publication. Here is an example:

The struggle between either acting in accordance with one’s own feelings and perceptions of how life should be lived, or whether one should act opportunistically and pragmatically, is an inner struggle that takes place in many facets of life. Do I have to make this song to make some money, or do I have to bet on the underground career where I am true to my artistic ideals?

Or do I have to change myself so that this particular guy opens his eyes to me and maybe falls in love with me, but is it at all me he is in love with? This particular conflict is one of the central themes of Casper Eric’s “I Refresh” from the 2014 poetry collection 7/11.

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