In this video, you will learn two power words that you should make your own.
If you do, you will be able to:
- better comprehend the meaning of what you read or hear.
- You will improve your own communication,
- written or verbal and
- you will have easier time writing college papers.
Now, what are these two power words?
These power words are the word “And” or the word “But”.
Why are these power words?
They are power words because these words are (first of all) are conjunctions and they connect major building blocks of intellectual content.
Whenever you encounter the word “And” and the word “But”, you know that these words connect or separate distinct bits of intellectual contact.
And it’s important, I’m going to show you how in a second.
Now these words can be used to build your own college paper or to analyze written content so as to better understand and discuss it.
Okay, so first of all, what are some of the equivalents of the word “And”?
These are words like :
- in addition
among other words.
What are some of the equivalents of the word But?
and few others.
Okay, so let’s see how this works and help you comprehend other people’s writing.
And what other example to look at than Shakespeare.
So this is Shakespeare Sonnet 18. We will not go through it in detail, I just want to show you how power words are used here and how you can use them to comprehend this sonnet.
I actually made a complete series of videos in which I analyze the sonnet in detail and I will post the link below the video.
Now, let’s take a look.
So our first occurrence of the power is in line 2, “Thou art more lovely and more temperate”.
Now this power word introduces how Shakespeare intends to compare “thee”, meaning you, to a summer’s day. Let’s read the first line and see how it works.
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
Okay, so you know that Shakespeare is going to compare you (meaning “thee”) to a summer’s day.
And how is he going to be comparing it? Well he’s going to say “You are more lovely and more temperate”.
So I already know that there is a separation here. “You are more lovely and more temperate.” This means that there are at least two criteria on which Shakespeare is going to be judging you against the summer.
Very good, so this already gives me a pointer, this already gives me a sign that, Aha!
I know that there are going to be at least two criteria. This helps me begin to comprehend this sonnet.
Next, in line 9, we have another power word. And this a very big one and very important.
Why? Because it separates two main sections. Yes, believe it or not, this sonnet has two main sections and again, see the link below for the complete breakdown of the sonnet and here’s how it works.
Section one is devoted to the summer. Shakespeare is going to talk about the summer.
Now in the next section, he’s going to talk about you. And he’s going to say, well this is how summer is.
However, starting in line 9, he’s going to say, “Your eternal summer shall not change”, and so on.
So this is how power words help us breakdown contents, break it into parts to see the structure and to identify the meaning. Okay.
You can use this principle to read pretty much anything:
- any kind of difficult passages
- fiction or non-fiction
Alright. So how can these words help you in your college writing?
Ok let’s see.
Let’s say that your professor gives a writing and it sounds something like this.
Here’s the assignment:
Discuss Iago’s motivations and methods of persuasion in Shakespeare’s Othello.
So let’s see what this assignment and the power word “And” tell you about writing your essay.
Well it tells you that you should divide it into two parts.
And these are the two parts.
So again, discuss Iago’s motivations and methods of persuasion.
Therefore you can look at the structure and the entire essay should be about Iago’s:
- Methods of Persuasion
And you see how this power word “And” unites or separate them into two distinct sections.
It means that can take your professor’s writing assignment literally and look for power words which will help you structure your essay and you come up with a structure just like this one over here. Okay.
Like I said before, Please see the links below for the Shakespeare video and also I have a bunch of detailed essay prompt videos and they also have the links below.
So make these power words your own, notice them when you read and use them in your own writing.
Shakespeare Sonnet 18
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