I want to really understand literary techniques. I want to be able to say "Ah, I see this writer is making use of assonance," or "I think I will use a simile here instead of a metaphor." There are glossaries for this on the internet, but I am looking for something in a textbook format, that takes me through these concepts in the form of lessons and exercises.

Could anyone please recommend such a book?

  • Interesting question, look forward to suggestions from others because the only books I know of are glossaries/dictionaries e.g. The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. Commented May 16, 2011 at 19:34

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Not an exercise book, but a reference: A Glossary of Literary Terms, M.H. Abrams. The current edition is about twice the size of the one I picked up in college... maybe I need to upgrade! :)

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