The Britannica Guide to Literary Elements, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615308237
  • ISBN-13: 9781615308231
  • Grade Level Range: 10th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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The advent of the written word and the attendant transformation of language and literature sparked the development of new forms of expression and copious literary devices. Such instruments of poetry and prose can finesse turns of phrase, render the foreign familiar, or simply texture plot lines. The literary terms surveyed in these fascinating volumes describe the content, structure, and characteristics of some of the world's most celebrated bodies of verse and drama, fiction and nonfiction. Sidebars spotlight some of the modern and traditional writers and works that have enriched discourse and communication.

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The Britannica Guide to Literary Elements: Poetry and Drama: Literary Terms and Concepts  (ISBN-10: 1615305394 | ISBN-13: 9781615305391)

Verse and drama have provided outlets for emotive expression and the creative impulse for centuries. Poignant, inspiring, and thought-provoking, plays and poems spoken or written in any language help reinterpret reality and evoke some of humanity's most profound truths. The terms culled in this volume describe many of the most potent elements of language—those that venture beyond the realm of prose and invoke the power of cadence, lyricism, and drama to recount all aspects of the human condition.

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The Britannica Guide to Literary Elements: Prose  (ISBN-10: 1615305432 | ISBN-13: 9781615305438)

Narratives come in many forms, fall into many genres, and tell the stories of an endless assortment of characters. Despite recurring themes and conceits in works from around the world, each story--from biography to science fiction--is singular and designed to elicit a distinct emotional response from its readers. The rhetorical tools and literary styles that have helped reinvent the art and study of storytelling over time are surveyed in this captivating volume.

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