This textbook is an introduction to the traditional method of "explication de texte". It leads the beginner from the basic concepts and definitions to gradual mastery of the method suggested. All literary genres (prose, poetry, theatre) and centuries are represented in the theoretical and practical section. Texts are explicated in full, then suggested plans for a finished presentation are given. In addition, texts are presented without guides and students are expected to imitate the sample texts. The book also includes an introduction to French prosody and criteria for evaluating ideas, emotions, style, composition and literary value.