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Going into British Literature and Composition I had no idea what to expect Ithought all I would be doing was writing essays indeed there was allot of essay writingbut there were many other key skills that I learned Which included critical readingcollaboration with my peers to achieve a common goal and understanding theconnection between British history and literatureOne very important skill that I learned during the class was critical readingthinking and writing Before I started British literature and composition I had limitedcritical reading thinking and writing skills It was very hard for me to read a piece ofliterature and then write a critical essay on it For example when I wrote the essay onDulce et Decorum est I had an extremely hard time relating every thing to my thesisand making comments to support the relationship of the evidence to the thesis Afterreading and analyzing more poems my critical reading and writing skills improved and Idecided to rewrite Dulce et Decorum est All of my comments were insightful andshowed an understanding of the relationship between the evidence and the thesis Fromthat point on I could put it all together without problems For instance the essay on theSong by Sir John Suckling and the in-class essay comparing Christopher MarlowesThe Passionate Shepherd to His Love and Sir Walter Raleighs The Nymphs Replyto The Shepherd were the first really good essays that I wrote I was able to criticallyread the poems critically think about what I read and then write it all out on paperAnother key skill that I improved during British literature and composition wascollaborating with a group of peers to achieve a common goal I considered myself anactive participant in all of the group projects that I was a part of For example during theballad presentations my group was extremely upset that we didnt get our top choice hadto do The Bonny Earl of Murray Everyone was complaining and we werent gettinganything done so I kind
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