English 4: Advanced Placement Composition and (British) Literature Literary Devices Mr. Collins Example allegory connotation heroic couplet psychological realism alliteration colloquial diction hyperbole realism allusion comedy imagery rhythm ambiguity connotation informal diction rite of passage antagonist controlling initiation story sarcasm analogy metaphors metaphor satire apostrophe cosmic irony motif simile archetype denotation myth soliloquy aside dramatic irony narrative structure sonnet assonance dramatic monologue onomatopoeia style aubade echo overstatement symbol ballad elegy oxymoron syntax blank verse epigram parable theme cacophony existential character paradox tone caesura extended metaphor parody tragedy catharsis farce pastoral verbal irony* character / flat, round flashback personification complication formal diction point of view conceit free verse protagonist Over the course of the year you’ll be asked to complete a number of literary device entries. Generally speaking, you’ll be able to select the device that you wish to use; on rare occasions I’ll tell you which device you need to discuss. Your examples must come from the books/poems/plays we read in class. Once you have used a device once you may not double dip – i.e. You must use a different device each time you turn in an entry. Every day a literary device is due, you must write the name of the device used on the board (under your name). If more than two students submit the same device, these students must resubmit a different device. Please note that all entries must be typed (MLA) and submitted via turnitin.com in order to be graded. Format Term: (3 points) Definition of the literary device selected Example: (3 points) Quotation, followed by source, including title, page/line number Function: (4 points) Author’s purpose in employing this language resource at this point in the work. How does this particular device enhance what the writer is conveying? You may comment on theme, character, setting, or whatever else is important in explaining how this device functions in this particular instance. Please note that you must first provide the context for the discussion (context); discuss the term itself (concept); and then carefully discuss how the literary device specifically functions both in the passage and within the context of the novel/play/poem as a whole (connection). These “Three C’s” must be addressed in order to receive full credit! Remember to use examples from the text.
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