The Britannica Guide to Literary Elements Series


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.

Number of Titles: 2

Interest Level: Grades 10-12

Reading Level: Grade 10

ISBN: 9781615308231 (E-book)

Copyright: ©2012

“Packed with detailed analysis, this thick, one-volume overview in the Britannica Guide to Literary Elements series is a valuable reference resource about literary forms and important writers. It looks heavy going, but Kuiper’s informal text (“Think about it”) will encourage many older YAs to read on. The open design invites browsing, with lots of photos, subheads, and detailed, screened biographies about Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and T. S. Eliot back to Sappho and dozens more ...” —Booklist, April 2012

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