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.
What are your favorite literary devices?

45 thoughts on “What are literary devices?”

  1. thats very racist. covid-19 was not “made in china”. The origin of thew virus is still unidentified.so,we should not not make such bias/racist comments.

    i am sorry if i offended anyone:)

  2. I need this for school. Corona virus is making us all suffer through school. I’m failing English.

    1. Same here. This really helps a lot, most of the work we’re doing in English is stuff we would’ve been doing with the help of a teacher. Ever since this COVID-19 stuff shut down schools I’ve been having a hard time with the subject. Usually, this stuff would’ve been a breeze, but without anyone to hold you accountable, it gets pretty tough.

        1. Actually, Covids true origionations are still uncertain. But like with Lyme disease (which was genetically engineered in Rhode Island)
          Their best gues is the it was genetically modified as an experiment, not a weapon, by the Chinese Science System. But I did appreciate that “Made in China” joke, that was wholesome. But yes, Covid-19 does suck and it does affect school. I feel for you my friends…

      1. To the post above, I understand that China was irresponsible and allowed a virus to spread. But others around the world aren’t any better. Whether the coronavirus started in China or not, doesn’t change how long the covid would last.

        But what would change, if people would actually try and understand the situation and learn what they have to do as responsible citizens.

        For all of you out there, please stop being selfish. Sure, the government has “no right” to keep up in quarantine, but you also don’t have any right to get other people sick. So stay at home, stay protected, be considerate.

        Sorry if this made anyone uncomfortable.

        1. I agree. This could have started anywhere, like how H1N1 started in the US, so blaming China is not the right way to go. No one blamed US when H1N1 happened.

  3. I am currently working on a literary analisis essay should I give one paragraph of the main body to each device, and should I mention how devices work together to give the theme.

    1. Yes you should it will make your story more vivid and catch the readers attention which would not make the story boring.

    1. This is late, but for anyone looking back at this, adjectives are a part of speech. Narcissistic Smartass’s assessment is technically correct, but rather vague at the same time.

    1. The difference is that a literary device makes more meaning while on the other hand, figurative language compares 2 things with interesting wording to make you want to read more.

          1. Here for all you Dumbo’s; I have the definition on what figurative language is. “Language that means something different from what the words literally (actually) say”.

  4. 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:

  5. Thanks! 😀
    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!

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