Literary Types and Techniques

Level: Intermediate
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  • Literary types/genres: academic, ballad, comedy, drama, eulogy and elegy, free verse and stream of consciousness, mythology, narrative, novel, poetry, short story and novella, and tragedy
  • Plot techniques: allegory and parable, allusion and foreshadowing, catharsis, denouement, deus ex machina, hubris, nemesis and antagonist, paradox, and soliloquy
  • Word techniques: imagery, irony and sarcasm, hyperbole, metaphor, meter, metonymy, oxymoron, personification, and simile
  • Word sounds: alliteration and assonance, euphony, and onomatopoeia