Ch 9: Overview of Literary Devices

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Make use of this chapter on literary devices to quickly improve your understanding of literal language, hyperbole in literature, types of irony, and more with concise, but information-packed lessons. These lessons are a convenient way to prepare for a test, especially if you're always on the go.

Overview of Literary Devices - Chapter Summary

By studying these lessons, you can enhance your understanding of literary devices in very little time. Professional instructors provide examples of imagery and extended metaphors, among other literary devices. After completing the chapter, you should feel confident and ready to:

  • Interpret figurative language in fiction
  • Provide examples of literal language
  • Recall different types of metaphors
  • Define symbolism in literature
  • Give examples of hyperbole in literature
  • List different types of irony
  • Discuss satire in literature
  • Recount an example of a euphemism

This chapter on literary devices is entertaining, informative, and mobile-friendly. Experts guide you through the lessons while providing a fun learning experience. There's also a brief quiz for each lesson to see how well you understand the concepts covered. If you like to study offline, you can print the quiz in worksheet form.

9 Lessons in Chapter 9: Overview of Literary Devices
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Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

1. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Literal Language: Definition & Examples

2. Literal Language: Definition & Examples

Do you sometimes feel like nobody understands you? Well, perhaps you should try using more literal language! Learn more about this form of straightforward expression in this lesson, where you'll also find some literal language in action.

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.

What is an Extended Metaphor in Literature? - Definition & Examples

4. What is an Extended Metaphor in Literature? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define extended metaphor and explain why an author may use it. We will then look at several different examples of extended metaphor used in poetry, including in Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope Is the Thing With Feathers'.

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.

Hyperbole in Literature: Definition & Examples

6. Hyperbole in Literature: Definition & Examples

Hyperbole, or exaggeration used to make a point, is a common and colorful technique in literature. Learn more through a comprehensive definition and multiple examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

7. 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.

Satire in Literature: Definition, Types & Examples

8. Satire in Literature: Definition, Types & Examples

Satire is a literary device used to create change through the use of sarcasm, humor and ridicule. Learn more about different types of satire, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Euphemism: Definition & Examples

9. Euphemism: Definition & Examples

This lesson defines euphemisms, alternate language used in place of offensive language or when discussing taboo topics. Explore some examples of euphemisms in everyday language and well-known examples from literature.

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