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Ch 5: Literary Elements & Concepts

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Let us help you study literary elements and concepts in this chapter. Use the video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to learn about the various literary devices used in poetry, drama, and other literary forms.

Literary Elements & Concepts - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our expert instructors present lessons in literary elements and concepts. You can learn about poetic devices and other various literary terms. There are also lessons on metaphors, similes, and theme. Completing this chapter will ensure that you are able to:

  • Define a flashback in literature and give examples
  • Discuss the definition of plot
  • List types character development
  • Understand the importance of setting in literature
  • Describe voice in writing
  • Explain the elements of drama

Our short and informative video lessons are taught by our expert instructor who explain the concepts in an easy to understand way. Each lesson contains video tags so you can go back and watch key points in the videos while you study. In addition, there are self-assessment quizzes that follow each lesson to enable you to check your understanding.

11 Lessons in Chapter 5: Literary Elements & Concepts
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Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

1. Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

There are many types of poetic devices that can be used to create a powerful, memorable poem. In this lesson, we are going to learn about these devices and look at examples of how they are used. We will also discuss their purpose to understand the importance of using them effectively.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

2. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

3. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

4. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

5. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the components of flashbacks found in literature. See examples of flashbacks, and then test your understanding through a quiz.

What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

6. What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

Plot is a literary term that refers to how narrative points are arranged to make a story understandable to the reader or observer. This lesson will look at the definition of plot, as well as examples of plot from well-known stories.

Character in Literature: Definition, Types & Development

7. Character in Literature: Definition, Types & Development

What do Cinderella's stepsisters, Jeannine Matthews, and Neville Longbottom have in common? They are all characters in literature. This lesson focuses on what a character is by using specific examples to illustrate various types of characters.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

8. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review the important elements of a story. In particular, you'll learn about the components of the setting and its importance within the plot.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

9. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.

Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples

10. Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what voice is in writing and how it can be used to make your writing unique. Take a look at some examples and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

11. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.

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