Ch 23: MTEL English: Literary Devices

About This Chapter

Check out these text and video lessons to brush up on your understanding of literary devices. This chapter will help you prepare for the MTEL English exam by reviewing these characteristics of literature that may appear on the test.

MTEL English: Literary Devices - Chapter Summary

This chapter serves as a study guide for the literary devices questions you may find on the MTEL English exam. After explaining what a literary device is and how it is used, these lessons will carefully describe each of the following forms it may take:

  • Puns
  • Imagery
  • Irony
  • Symbolism
  • Ambiguity
  • Sensory details

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7 Lessons in Chapter 23: MTEL English: Literary Devices
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Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

1. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

This lesson studies some of the more common literary devices found in literature. Devices studied include allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification, point-of-view and structure.

Pun in Literature: Definition & Examples

2. Pun in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll briefly review figurative language. Furthermore, we'll look closer at one type of figurative language: the pun. You'll be able to analyze some examples of the pun and see why it's used.

Imagery in Poetry: Definition, Examples & Types

3. Imagery in Poetry: Definition, Examples & Types

Explore imagery in poetry, the primary vehicle poets use to transport their readers to a new experience. Learn about different types of imagery through examples and a quiz.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

4. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

5. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

Ambiguity in Literature: Definition & Examples

6. Ambiguity in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define ambiguity and discuss how our everyday conversations may be ambiguous. We will also look at ambiguity in literature, including why an author may choose to use it as a literary device and how it may affect the audience.

Sensory Details in Writing: Definition & Examples

7. Sensory Details in Writing: Definition & Examples

The writer's ability to create a gripping and memorable story has much to do with engaging our five senses. This lesson will teach you how to make your writing pop by using the five senses.

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