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 resource for high school and college English teachers and students, offering them tools to engage meaningfully with challenging literary texts.

To support teachers as they transition to distance learning platforms during the current COVID-19 crisis, we've added a few suggestions at the end of each transcript for further thinking and reading. To support dual language instruction, we are beginning to add Spanish as well as English subtitles to our videos. If you would like to read the English or Spanish transcripts of our videos, please click on their titles and you will be directed to pages dedicated to each term.

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"What is a Prologue?"

"What is a Prologue?": An Introduction to the Oregon State Guide to English Literary Terms

 "What is a Metaphor?" (Spanish Subtitles Available)

"What is a Metaphor?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

 

"What is Hyperbole?" (Spanish Subtitles Available)

"What is Hyperbole?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

 

"What is Personification?" (Spanish Subtitles Available)


"What is Personification?": A Guide for English Students and Teachers

"What is a Flashback?"


"What is a Flashback?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

"What is a Stanza?" (Spanish Subtitles Available)

"What is a Stanza?": A Guide for English Students and Teachers

"What is Stream of Consciousness?" (Spanish Subtitles Available)

"What is Stream of Consciousness?": A Guide for English Students and Teachers

"What is Figurative Language?" (Spanish Subtitles Available)

"What is Figurative Language?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

"What is Irony?" (Spanish Subtitles Available)

"What is Irony?": A Guide for English Students and Teachers

"What is an Unreliable Narrator?"

"What is an Unreliable Narrator?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

"What is a Simile?" 

"What is a Simile?": A Guide for English Students and Teachers

 

"What is Metonymy?" 

"What is Metonymy?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

 

"What is Synecdoche?" 

"What is Synecdoche?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

 

"What is a Sonnet?" (Spanish Subtitles Available)

"What is a Sonnet?" A Guide for English Essays

 

"What is Imagery?" (Spanish Subtitles Available)

"What is Imagery?" A Guide for English Essays

 

"What is Enjambment?" 

"What is Enjambment?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

 

"What is Satire?" (Spanish Subtitles Available)

"What is Satire?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

 

"What is Juxtaposition?"  (Spanish Subtitles Available)

"What is Juxtaposition?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

 

"What is Foreshadowing?"

"What is Foreshadowing?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

"What is Understatement?"

"What is Understatement? A Guide for English Students and Teachers

"What is Rhyme?"

"What is Rhyme?" A Guide for English Students and Teachers

 

What is a Narrative Arc?

"What is a Narrative Arc?": A Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is a Genre? (Spanish Subtitles Available)

"What is a Genre?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

 

What is a Narrator?

"What is a Narrator?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is a Flat vs a Round Character?

"What is a Flat Character vs a Round Character?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is Symbolism?

"What is Symbolism?": A Guide for English Teachers and Students

What is a Graphic Novel? (Part I)

"What is a Graphic Narrative?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

 

What is a Graphic Novel? (Part II)

"What is a Graphic Narrative? Part II": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is Epistrophe?

"What is Epistrophe?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is Poetic Meter?

"What is Poetic Meter?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is a Portmanteau?

"What is a Portmanteau?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is Anaphora?

"What is Anaphora?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is a Zeugma?

"What is a Zeugma?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is Free Indirect Discourse?

"What is Free Indirect Discourse?: A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is an Oxymoron?

"What is an Oxymoron?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is a Vehicle and a Tenor?

"What are Vehicles and Tenors?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is the Uncanny?

"What is the Uncanny?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is Point of View?

"What is Point of View?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is Deus Ex Machina?

"What is Deus Ex Machina?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is a Frame Story?

"What is a Frame Story?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is Ekphrasis?

"What is Ekphrasis?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is Blank Verse?

"What is Blank Verse?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is an Epistolary Novel?

"What is an Epistolary Novel?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is an Allegory?

"What is an Allegory?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What is Tragedy?

"What is a Tragedy?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

What are Euphony and Cacophony?

"What are Euphony and Cacophony?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

We are hard at work producing more videos on subjects such as euphony, soliloquy, nonfiction, and parody, and we will be publishing them throughout 2020, so please subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up with the series.

If you are an English teacher, we'd love to get your suggestions for other subjects that might be suitable for our series.  Please post a comment on one of our videos or our YouTube main page with your recommendations.