Grade 10 recently created a memory game for all the literary devices they need to learn for their exams. There are over forty techniques they need to know in total! The most challenging ones revolve around the syntax of the lines and the rhyme / meter.
Some of the harder techniques are taught at the IB level:
- Repetition: Anaphora – repetition of word/phrase at the beginning of successive clauses/lines.
- Repetition: Epiphora – repetition of word/phrase at the end of successive clauses/lines.
- Repetition: Homoioptoton – repetition of words with the same endings, e.g. suddenly, quickly.
- Parallel Syntax (Parallelism) – repetition of phrases in adjacent sentences/clauses e.g. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
- Spondee – two emphasised words placed next to each other.
You can see some of the photos from this activity below.