Literary devices refers to aspects of literature, which help express ideas through language, which we can recognize, identify, interpret and analyze. It is the way in which authors create meaning through language and by which readers gain understanding of and appreciation for their works.
Examples of Literary Devices
Enjambment or run- on lines
When human feelings, actions and characteristics are given to inanimate objects or something that is not human.
Examples: The lonely sea
The boat sleeps
This is a comparison between two things.
The words “like” or “as” are always used in the comparison.
Examples: His hands were shaking like leave
As quiet as a mouse
This is a device in which a word, phrase, line or sentence which is repeated for emphasis.
Example: When I was a child I thought
The new moon was a cradle
The full moon was granny’s round face.
The new moon was a banana.
The full moon was a big cake.
This is the repetition of consonant or consonant clusters at the beginning of words.
Examples: Sl ip and sl ide
St rike st raight
Personification- Pregnant clouds, wind whistles
Simile-Clouds come hurrying with the wind … Like a plague of locusts, Clothes wave like tattered flags