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Literary Devices


Allegory                         Alliteration                   Allusion                             Anachronism                

Anaphora                     Anastrophe                  Anthropomorphism            Aphorism                 

Archetype                     Chiasmus                    Colloquialism                    Cumulative sentence

Dramatic irony             Euphemism                  Exposition                          Flashback                  

Foreshadowing            Frame story                 Hyperbole                          Hypophora

Imagery                       Irony                             Juxtaposition                     Malapropism

Metaphor                     Motif                             Onomatopoeia                   Oxymoron

Paradox                       Personification             Point of view                     Polysyndeton             

Repetition                   Satire                            Simile                                Soliloquy

Symbolism                 Synecdoche                  Tautology                          Tmesis

Tone                           Tragicomedy                 Zoomorphism


Scholarly Source: 

Title: Writing Creatively : A Guided Journal to Using Literary Devices

Nancy DaFoe. Writing Creatively : A Guided Journal to Using Literary Devices. R&L Education, 2014. EBSCOhost,

Popular Source:

Title: Reedsy Blog: 45+ Literary Devices and Terms that Everyone Should Know

“45+ Literary Devices and Terms Every Writer Should Know.” Reedsy, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.


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