Literary devices and elements in sign language

For analyzing and interpreting literary texts in sign language, become familiar with some literary terms and their definitions. Understanding the literary elements in ASL prose and poetry may help you analyze works of ASL literature as well as help you appreciate literary works.

Literary devices are techniques that creators and writers use to enhance their expression. The list is not complete; here lists some most common uses of the literary devices or elements: cinematic devices (also known as vernicular vocabulary), rhymes, rhythms, and so on.

Literary analysis

How to identify and analyze literary devices and interpret them?

Watch an ASL story or poem. Watch the ASL piece in full from the beginning to the end. If you miss any ASL words or not understand them, go back and watch the parts again.

Watch the whole work again. Take notes on the work. Write down any parts that jump out at you or contain a literary device that you were able to recognize.

Discuss with your ASL-speaking fellows.

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