Literary Devices

Literary Devices are divided into two categories: Literary Elements and Literary Techniques.

Literary Elements: Writers use literary elements to create stories. This is a necessary feature of storytelling that can be found in any written and spoken narratives. Examples of literary elements include: character, setting, plot, conflict, tone, flashback, figurative language, resolution, theme, foreshadowing, allusion, point of view, dialogue, symbolism, and mood.

Literary Techniques: Writers use literary techniques to make an identifiable rule of thumb, convention or structure that is used in literature and storytelling. Writers use these techniques to make their work more artistic, leading the readers to better understand and appreciate their literary work. Examples of literary techniques include: metaphor, simile, alliteration, hyperbole, allegory, etc.

Metaphor: There Is No Frigate Like A Book

METAPHOR is a literary technique that writers use to make comparison between two people, things, animals, or places that are not alike. In fact, the definition of those objects are so far apart that they seem to have nothing in common. For example, a FRIGATE in comparison to a book, or COURSER in comparison to the pages of a book.

Rhyme: Clerihew Poems

The story goes that Edmund Clerihew Bentley, at the age of 16, invented a form of whimsical RHYME while attending classes at St. Paul’s School in London. Interestingly, Edmund and his friends wrote a form of poetry using the following rules: Clerihew –… Read More ›