Study Guide

At the end of this unit you will be able to:


  • identify foreshadowing technique in poetry




Foreshadowing is the use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in literature.


Foreshadowing frequently serves two purposes. It builds suspense by raising questions that encourage the reader to go on and find out more about the event that is being foreshadowed. Foreshadowing is also a means of making a narrative more believable by partially preparing the reader for events which are to follow.