Literary Devices

  1. Allusion
    reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or art
  2. anecdote
    a brief story about an interesting, amusing, or strange event
  3. Antagonist
    a character or force in conflict with a main character or protagonist
  4. connotation
    the set of ideas associated with it in addition to its explicit meaning
  5. denotation
    a words dictionary meaning, independent of other associations that the word may have
  6. dialect
    form of a language spoken by people in a particular region or group
  7. diction
    word choice
  8. fiction
    prose writing that tells about imaginary characters and events
  9. flashback
    a reference to an event that already happened
  10. foreshadowing
    the use in a literary work of clues that suggest events that have yet to occur
  11. genre
    category or type of literature
  12. poetry
    type of literature that uses imagery, figurative language, and special devices in stanzas and lines
  13. drama
    a story written to be performed by actors.
  14. irony
    literary techniques that portray differences between appearance and reality, expectation and result, or meaning and intention
  15. verbal irony
    words that are used to suggest the opposite of what is meant
  16. dramatic irony
    contradiction between what the character thinks and what the reader or audeince knows to be true
  17. mood
    the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage
  18. narrator
    a speaker or character that tells a story
  19. first-person narrator
    a character in the story tell the story
  20. third-person limited
    narrator that is limited to one person's thoughts and feelings
  21. third-person omniscient
    all-knowing narrator
  22. novel
    long work of fiction
  23. oral tradition
    the passing of song, stories, and poems from generation to generation by word of mouth
  24. paradox
    a statement that seems contradictory but that actually may be true
  25. prose
    not poetry, drama, or song
  26. protagonist
    the main character in a literary work
  27. short story
    a short work of fiction
  28. suspense
    feeling or curiosity or uncertainty about the outcome of events in a literary work
  29. symbol
    anything that stands for or represents something else
  30. theme
    message or insight into life revealed through the literary work
  31. tone
    writer's attitude toward his or her audience or subject
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Literary Devices
Literary Devices