Some names of neoclassical writers include Jane Austen, John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe, John Dryden and Henry Fielding. Other well-known neoclassical writers were Ben Johnson, John Milton, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift and V... More »

An appreciation of emotion, an artist's unique spirit, a reverence for nature and a skepticism about human society are all characteristics of Romantic literature. These characteristics are all a sharp shift from the Neoc... More »

William Shakespeare's biggest inspirations were the works of other phenomenal medieval writers, such as Publius Ovidius Naso, Lucius Annaeus Seneca, and Geoffrey Chaucer. Apart from classical authors, he was also greatly... More »

In fiction and nonfiction, structure helps writers progress from one set of ideas and events to the next, producing consistent themes that recur throughout the composition. For example, in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" s... More »

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The purpose of identifying an author's purpose is to help the reader understand what really motivates different writers to write. In order to do so, students must start by questioning the purpose of the text, discussing ... More »

To find a literary agent, an unpublished writer can consult references such as AgentQuery or a current edition of "Writer's Market," attend writer's conferences or research who represents her favorite writers. As of Nove... More »

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A plot map is a conceptual device used by writers, critics and students of literature to give visual form to the action in a story. Generally, successful plots can be conceived of as a mountain, with the peak being the c... More »