Tuesday, May 6, 2008


"A short, descriptive literary sketch."

I love the definition of this literary device because it illustrates how compact yet meaningful this literary form can be.

As we start reading The House on Mango Street, you'll notice how short each chapter or title section appears. Some are only two paragraphs while others are as long as two pages. Even though the length of the writing is so short, the depth of the imagery and metaphor will bring you deep into the speaker's life.

As we start reading this book, you need to be thinking about your own life experiences that parallel or differ from the ones described in the novel. Also, be thinking of ways that you can use imagery, similie, and metaphor to create rich, developed messages about your life story in a seemingly simple, short space.

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