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In the Oregon State Guide to English Literary Terms, our professors define common literary devices and offer short lessons on how to use them in essays and other forms of literary criticism. The series is designed to be a free, online, creative commons (CC BY) resource for high school and college English teachers and students, offering them tools to engage meaningfully with challenging literary texts. To see the videos, please click on the links below.

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Alphabetical List of Literary Terms

(Spanish Translations Available)


What is an Allegory?    ||    ¿Qué es la alegoría?
What is Alliteration?  ||  ¿Qué es la aliteración?
What is an Allusion?  ||  ¿Qué es una alusión?
What is Anaphora?
What is Ars Poetica?
What are Assonance and Consonance?  ||  ¿Qué son la asonancia y la consonancia?
What is Blank Verse?
What is Conflict in Literature?
What is Deus Ex Machina?    ||    ¿Qué es el Deus Ex Machina?
What is a Dramatic Monologue?
What is Ekphrasis?
What is Enjambment?    ||    ¿Qué es el encabalgamiento?
What is an Epic? || ¿Qué es la épica?
What is the Epistolary Novel?
What is Epistrophe?
What are Euphony and Cacophony?
What is Figurative Language?    ||    ¿Qué es el lenguaje figurado?
What is a Flashback?    ||    ¿Qué es el flashback?
What are Flat Character and Round Characters?  || ¿Qué son los personajes planos y redondos?
What is a Foil? (NEW!)
What is Foreshadowing?    ||    ¿Qué es la anticipación?
What is a Frame Story?
What is Free Indirect Discourse?
What is a Genre?    ||    ¿Qué es el género literario?
What is a Graphic Novel? (Part I) || ¿Qué es una novela gráfica?
What is a Graphic Novel? (Part II)
What is Hyperbole?    ||    ¿Qué es la hipérbole?
What is Imagery?    ||    ¿Qué es la imaginería?
What is Irony?    ||    ¿Qué es la ironía?
What is Juxtaposition?    ||    ¿Qué es la yuxtaposición?
What is Literature?
What is a Metaphor?   ||   ¿Qué es la metáfora?
What is Meter in Poetry?    ||    ¿Qué es la métrica?
What is Metonymy?    ||    ¿Qué es la metonimia?
What is a Motif?  || ¿Qué es un motivo?
What is a Narrative Arc?
What is a Narrator?    ||    ¿Qué es el narrador?
What is Onomatopoeia? || ¿Qué es una onomatopeya?
What is an Oxymoron?
What is a Persona?
What is Personification?    ||     ¿Qué es la personificación?
What is Point of View?    ||    ¿Qué es el punto de vista?
What is a Portmanteau?
What is a Prologue?    ||    ¿Qué es el prólogo?
What is a Protagonist?
What is Rhyme?    ||    ¿Qué es la rima?
What is Satire?    ||    ¿Qué es la sátira?
What is a Setting?  ||  ¿Qué es el ambiente?
What is a Simile?    ||    ¿Qué es el símil?
What is a Sonnet?    ||    ¿Qué es un soneto?
What is a Stanza?    ||    ¿Qué es una estrofa?
What is Stream of Consciousness?    ||    ¿Qué es el flujo de la conciencia?
What is Symbolism?    ||    ¿Qué es el simbolismo?
What is a Synecdoche?    ||    ¿Qué es la sinécdoque?
What is a Theme?  ||   ¿Qué es un tema?
What is Tragedy?    ||    ¿Qué es la tragedia?
What is the Uncanny?    ||    ¿Qué es lo siniestro?
What is Understatement?    ||    ¿Qué es la atenuación?
What is an Unreliable Narrator?  ||  ¿Que es un narrador poco fiable?
What are Vehicles and Tenors?
What is a Zeugma?
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