Literary Appreciation


Dear students, welcome to the Literature In English course focusing on "Literary Appreciation." This section of the syllabus delves into the intricate world of literature, aiming to deepen your understanding and appreciation of various literary works through a critical lens.

Throughout this course, you will explore a wide array of literary devices, techniques, and principles that authors employ to convey their messages effectively. By dissecting texts from different genres such as drama, prose, and poetry, you will develop the skills to unravel the hidden layers of meaning embedded within the written word.

One of the primary objectives of this course is to equip you with the tools to identify and analyze literary devices used by authors. From similes to metaphors, imagery to symbolism, you will learn to decipher the rich tapestry of language that writers employ to create compelling narratives.

Moreover, you will hone your ability to provide meaningful interpretations of excerpts from literary works. By delving beneath the surface of the text, you will uncover themes, motifs, and character developments that offer deeper insights into human experiences and emotions.

As you progress through the course, you will also be encouraged to draw connections between the texts studied and real-life experiences. By relating the themes and messages of literary works to your own personal encounters, you will gain a deeper appreciation for the universal truths that literature seeks to illuminate.

Additionally, this course will introduce you to a plethora of literary terms and principles that form the foundation of literary analysis. You will explore concepts such as narrative techniques, poetic devices, textual analysis, and the relationship between various literary elements.

By engaging with unseen passages and extracts from drama, prose, and poetry, you will enhance your critical thinking skills and learn to approach unfamiliar texts with confidence and insight. This practical application of literary theory will empower you to engage with literature on a deeper level and derive greater enjoyment from the reading experience.

In conclusion, the study of "Literary Appreciation" is an enriching journey that will broaden your horizons, sharpen your analytical skills, and foster a deeper understanding of the beauty and complexity of the written word. Get ready to embark on an exploration of language, creativity, and imagination as we delve into the fascinating world of literature together.


  1. Determine Literary Devices Used in a Given Passage/Extract
  2. Relate the Extract to True Life Experiences
  3. Provide a Meaningful Interpretation of the Given Passage/Extract

Lesson Note

Literary appreciation is the ability to recognize, analyze, and interpret various elements and devices within a literary work. This involves understanding the significance of elements such as theme, plot, characters, setting, and stylistic devices. The goal is to delve deeper into the text to uncover layers of meaning that go beyond the surface narrative.

Lesson Evaluation

Congratulations on completing the lesson on Literary Appreciation. Now that youve explored the key concepts and ideas, its time to put your knowledge to the test. This section offers a variety of practice questions designed to reinforce your understanding and help you gauge your grasp of the material.

You will encounter a mix of question types, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and essay questions. Each question is thoughtfully crafted to assess different aspects of your knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Use this evaluation section as an opportunity to reinforce your understanding of the topic and to identify any areas where you may need additional study. Don't be discouraged by any challenges you encounter; instead, view them as opportunities for growth and improvement.

  1. What are the main components of a literary work that are usually assessed during the process of literary appreciation? A. Characters, Setting, Plot B. Rhyme, Meter, Stanza C. Drama, Narrative, Lyric D. Conflict, Theme, Symbols Answer: A. Characters, Setting, Plot
  2. What does literary appreciation primarily involve? A. Identifying literary devices and techniques used in a text B. Memorizing the entire text C. Summarizing the text in your own words D. Comparing different texts by their length Answer: A. Identifying literary devices and techniques used in a text
  3. In literary appreciation, what does analyzing the structure of a text entail? A. Identifying the author's name B. Understanding the chronological order of events in the text C. Evaluating how the text is organized and presented D. Counting the number of pages in the text Answer: C. Evaluating how the text is organized and presented
  4. How does a reader benefit from engaging in literary appreciation activities? A. By having all texts memorized B. By developing critical thinking skills and analytical abilities C. By reading the text only once D. By ignoring the use of literary devices in the text Answer: B. By developing critical thinking skills and analytical abilities

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Past Questions

Wondering what past questions for this topic looks like? Here are a number of questions about Literary Appreciation from previous years

Question 1 Report

John K. Kargbo: Let me Die Alone

How do men behave towards women in the play?

Question 1 Report

CYCLIST gets down and begins to prop his bicycle.
CYCLIST: All right. If you're sure it won't take long.
BARBER: I am known for my lightning clippers. Even the soldiers know me. I can shave the head of an entire battalion between one coup and the next. Sit down and relax your back. Cycling is not easy
when you've abandoned it for some time.

Wole Soyinka, The Beautification of Area Boy.

The literary devices in the dialogue above are

Practice a number of Literary Appreciation past questions