Literary Style: Definition & Examples

Instructor: Andrew Sedillo

Andrew Sedillo has taught Language Arts, Social Studies, and Technology at a middle school level. He currently holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Education, Master's of Arts Educational Learning Technology, and a Graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.

This lesson will assist you in understanding all components of literary style found in literature and how they can be applied to your writing. Learn more about literary style and test your understanding through a quiz.

What Is Literary Style?

When people hear the word 'style', one of the first things that may pop into their minds is clothing. A person's clothing style can be determined by a variety of factors, including work and lifestyle situations. Writing works in a similar way. Authors' literary style is determined by the type of writing they are doing and who their audience is.

Literary style is a unique way of presenting a piece of writing. The combination of word choice, figurative language, sentence formation, and formality work together to create a 'voice' through which a story is told. Through literary style, an author can create a mood for the story as well as a manner for describing the characters, plot, and meaning of a story.

Types of Literary Styles

The chart describes five common types of literary styles and provides exemplary text of each type.

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