Inside AP Literature


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 “” 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.