What are literary devices?

Literary devices or literary techniques are specific structures that writers often use to add meaning or create more compelling stories for the reader. Some common examples are metaphor, alliteration, hyperbole, and imagery. These techniques can give the reader a greater understanding and meaning of the writers intent.


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"Heavens" or "By Jove"

I am reading Heart of Darkness and Conrad is often employing this concept of one or two word phrases throughout the book for effect. Is there a literary term for this?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/31/2017 - 15:57
Literary devices

What literary devices used in this quotes?

To die is nothing, Once is here,
one is no longer here. Its is only that at the ends one must be able to say
I was a man

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 17:27

what us the difference between rhythm and rhyme

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 00:45
Thanks! :D

I just have one question though. How do literary devices help the writer to express his or her ideas?

Apart from that, thanks for giving such great explanations!

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/18/2017 - 21:30
Literary device

What's the difference between figures of speech and literary devices/techniques?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/10/2017 - 23:58
A metaphor is figure of

A metaphor is figure of speech comparing two different things.
An alliteration repetition of initial consonant sounds.
Hyperbole is an exaggeration.
Imagery is description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste).

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:38

really helpful, thanks

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/10/2017 - 16:27

What's the difference between literary devices and rhetoric devices? I've searched them up online, and many in the list of literary devices are also found under the list of rhetoric devices. D:

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/10/2017 - 02:34
Ernest Hemingway " Things may

Ernest Hemingway " Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses he will endure or be forgotten.
-Nobel Prize 1954 Banquet Speech.-

Can someone help identify the literary device?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 07:11
Wouldn't dialog be one?

Wouldn't dialog be one?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 07:17
i was only 19

can you please help I need this

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/08/2016 - 06:53

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