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Literary Devices, Terms, and Words: a List with Definitions, Illustrated!

Are you looking for high-powered vocabulary words to take your literary analysis to the next level? Pop these terms into your next English Language Arts class, and you’ll make your teacher happy, and your class gape in awe.

I’ve been an ELA teacher for 17 years and can vouch for the wonder of these words. Every one of the literary terms, devices, and elements below is highly useful in discussing texts, film — and even life. Click through to see each full lesson, use them with love, and enjoy!

Literary Devices and Terms List

Looking for the most useful and interesting literary devices and terms (with definitions and examples) for English Language Arts (ELA) learning? Here you go!

Which Literary Terms and Devices are YOUR Faves?

Looking through this list of literary terms and devices, which do you most enjoy? As you can see, this vocabulary glossary is just a start, so let me know which other wonderful ELA words you’d like to see illustrated and explained. Do share!

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Melissa Matis

Saturday 29th of May 2021

Hi! I love your site. Do you have any cartoons for suspense, irony, and/or allusion? Thank you, Melissa

Lillie Marshall

Saturday 29th of May 2021

Ahh, brilliant!!! I will add these to the list. Thanks so much for the suggestions, and thank you for your kind words.

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