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									                      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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