Critical Commentaries on Passages from Set Books
Note Bear in mind the meaning of critical, as used in the term ‘critical commentary’. In general speech, ‘criticism’ is often synonymous with ‘fault-finding’. In the language of literary studies, ‘criticism’ and ‘critical’ denote appraisal. To criticise is to judge. Good criticism is as sensitive to strengths as to weaknesses; and, since the books set for study at ‘A’ level are noteworthy for their literary merit, your critical commentaries will be largely concerned with the analysis and appreciation of successful writing. However, you should not fail to comment on any weaknesses you may detect.
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