An explication I wrote about Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking is published in the Winter 2007 issue of Miranda Literary Magazine.
An explication, or close reading, involves choosing a short passage from a larger body of writing or a poem and analyzing it in detail. Explication, which means to examine or unfold, helps to interpret how a writer may have conveyed a particular theme through the use of various literary techniques, such as word choice, syntax, alliteration, repetition, and metaphor. In other words, it's taking a micro look at a part to make macro sense of the whole. The theme I examine in my close reading is marriage as a partnership.
Please visit the link to this close reading and enjoy!