Monthly Archives: January 2013
The right markup on Shakespeare’s texts can help algorithms address other texts in the early modern English language.
The object of my research is early modern language:
- specifically texts printed before 1700,
- specifically Shakespeare,
- specifically his rhetorical figures.
The rhetorical figure I just used is called an anaphora, where the same word is repeated at the beginning of a sequence of clauses or sentences.
[I wrote this for students in my English 340 survey course, after their midterm in December 2012.]
A short essay in an exam is different from other kinds of critical writing, in a few ways. Its main motive is to demonstrate your ability to interpret the text in a brief argument addressing the terms of the question.
I am more concerned with what you say than how you say it. An exam essay is a first draft, so it’s okay to do the things you’d clean up in revision, like using the passive voice or run-on sentences — so long as you follow the rules of grammar.