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A Beginners Guide,
This review is from: How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines (Paperback)
I bought this book as I felt I wasn't getting the most out of the novels I was reading. Foster focuses mainly on the novel but does dedicate two chapters to poetry alone. I found the book's main success is in providing a foundation for a greater understanding of the use of symbolism in literature. The use of a light-hearted tone throughout is engaging, and examples from a wide range of sources are employed which help in understanding the topics at hand. I would recommend the book, though perhaps only to those who feel a need to brush up on some literary basics. If you don't need it spelled out in black and white that rain often represents renewal and rebirth then maybe you're already there.