Inside AP Literature

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Kamryn Campbell and Alexis Jefferson

During Professor.Whitworth’s first period, students were in groups of three making posters about literary devices.
Literary devices are methods used in writings that gives a special effect to the piece. Some literary devices and their definitions according to “literarydevices.net” are:

  • Allusion- a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance
  • Dysphemism- originating from the Greek word dys, means “miss,” or “none,” and pheme, which means “reputation,” or “speech.” It is a figure of speech that is defined as the use of disparaging or offensive expressions instead of inoffensive ones. Dysphemism is the use of negative expressions instead of positive ones.
  • Paradox- a statement that appears to be self-contradictory or silly but may include a latent truth. It is also used to illustrate an opinion or statement contrary to accepted traditional ideas.