Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Literary Devices

Literary devices

The devices which can be used to recognize or identify the literary text are called literary devices.  Literary devices are useful to interpret or analyse the literary texts.

Tone    :  The implied attitude towards the subject of the poem. Is it hopeful, pessimistic, dreary, worried?
A poet conveys tone by combining all of the elements listed above to create a precise impression on the reader.

Genre  : A category used to classify literary works, usually by form, technique or content (e.g., prose, poetry).

Satire  : A literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness.

Point of View - pertains to who tells the story and how it is told. The point of view of a story can sometimes indirectly establish the author’s intentions.

Metaphor  vs. Simile             : A metaphor is direct relationship where one thing  is another (e.g. “Juliet is the sun”). A simile, on the other hand, is indirect and usually only likened to be similar to something else. Similes usually use “like” or “as” (e.g. “Your eyes are like the ocean”).

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