Comment on Artistic Features of Washington Irving’s The Sketch Book

Jianbo LIU, Saina LI


Washington Irving is a great American romantic writer. He employs his beautiful works, unique description to create different genders of literary works. The Sketch Book is seen as his masterpiece, because of its language like poems, the author’s contemplation of scene he darts his eyes into as well as his detailed description of what he associated with the scene he saw. This paper aims to make a comment on the artistic features of Washington Irving’s The Sketch Book from three respects. The first is insert of poem functioning theme interpretation of his articles. The second is the author’s evaluation knitted with the narration. The last is the minute description of the scene by refine words. 



Washington Irving; The Sketch Book; Insert of poem; Evaluation knitted with the narration; Scene minute description by refine words

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Selections from The Sketch Book by Washington Irving. (1924). The Commercial Press, Limited Shanghai, China.

Wu, W. R. (1990). History and anthology of American literature. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.



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