How should I be annotating my A-Level English literature Texts?

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Fosbourne85
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Hey guys,
So mainly for Paradise Lost, what with it being such a heavy book my annotations are mainly translations of sentences and definitions of key words, but i feel like everyone else in my class have got other sorts of annotations and really detailed and good ones.
Does anybody have any advice of what I should be annotating in particular, in Paradise Lost or any other texts in general?
Many thanks
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(Original post by Fosbourne85)
Hey guys,
So mainly for Paradise Lost, what with it being such a heavy book my annotations are mainly translations of sentences and definitions of key words, but i feel like everyone else in my class have got other sorts of annotations and really detailed and good ones.
Does anybody have any advice of what I should be annotating in particular, in Paradise Lost or any other texts in general?
Many thanks
Hi,

I haven't studied Paradise Lost personally, but I have studied some rather long texts. It's good that you have translations and definitions, they'll aid you in your understanding of the text. One thing I would say though is to think about what certain lines are suggesting. I studied Lamia by John Keats at A-Level and the one thing I always considered in his poetry (and this has helped with my degree too) is how Lamia is represented. This is one thing you could think about with Paradise Lost. Google (although not always recommended) sometimes has some good annotation suggestions too.

Hope this helps!
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In my experience, annotations have 2 functions:

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An annotation is simply a thought I have while reading something. Doing this helps me to memorise key information. It also keeps me engaged in the text: I'm actively reading, interpreting information, figuring out what the text means and suggests.

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An annotation is for marking off key passages that could be useful in the future. If you know what the essay topic is, you can mark off sections or quotes that will help you with it.

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Do you have an essay topic for Paradise Lost?
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