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One by One

Would the phrase "one by one" be considered any sort of literary term?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:52
What 2 literary devices here?!?! ASAP

"Of course they soon came down after him, hooting and hallooing, and hunting among the trees."

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/23/2015 - 19:42
help

HELP ASAP
what literary element is this

"She had crossed to the other side. She was part of the land. She was wearing her culottes, her pink sweater and a necklace of human tongues. She was dangerous. She was ready for the kill."

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:29
what literary term is this?! ASAP

"But i draw a veil over a scene which can better be imagined than described"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:58
looking for a literary term

Is there a specific literary term for (and I hope I can explain this clearly!) a word that is used that is not a REAL word, but is a part of a word used for effect? Eg. there are winners and losers, but in a game that ends in a tie: Tie-er

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/13/2015 - 16:08
the story takes place in boston during the late1700s

what literary is it ? need answer fast please

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 23:34
onomatopoeia

examples please

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 13:28
boom bang crash pop

hope those are right !

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 23:35
its the sounds things

its the sounds things make

bee-buzz
mouse of keyboard-click
punch someone-pow

etc, etc

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 02:16
I NEED YOUR ANSWERS ASAP AS IN NOW!

Are literary devices, literary symbols and literary elements the same?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/12/2015 - 15:38
HELP!! any literary terms in

HELP!! any literary terms in here

You were too bad for a little square town,
With your hip-hop hat and your pants on the ground,
Heard you cussed out mama, pushed daddy around
Before you tore off in his car

Here you are running these dirty old streets
Tattoo on your neck, fake gold on your teeth
Got the hood here snowed, but you can't fool me
We both know who you are

Homeboy, you're gonna wish one day,
That you were sittin' on a gate of a truck by the lake
With your high school flame on one side, ice cold beer on the other
Ain't no shame in a blue collar forty,
Little house, little kid, little small town story
If you don't ever do anything else for me,
Just do this for me brother,
Come on home, boy.

I was haulin' this hay to Uncle Joe's farm,
Thought of us barefoot kids in the yard,
Man, it seems we were just catchin' snakes in the barn
Now you're caught up in this mess
I could use a little help unloading these bales
I could keep you pretty busy with a hammer and nails
Ain't a glamorous life but it will keep you outta jail,
Not worry us all to death

Homeboy, you're gonna wish one day,
That you were sittin' on a gate of a truck by the lake
With your high school flame on one side, ice cold beer on the other
Ain't no shame in a blue collar forty,
Little house, little kid, little small town story
If you don't ever do anything else for me, just do this for me brother,
Come on home, boy,
Come on home, boy

You can't hold back the hands of time,
Mama's goin' grey, and so is daddy's mind
I wish you'd come on back and make it all right
Before they're called home, boy

Homeboy
Come on home, boy
Homeboy
Come on home, boy.

Read more: Eric Church - Homeboy Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 02:08
In the book Night, What is the literary term in this passage?

The weather was sublime. My mother was busy in the
kitchen. The synagogues were no longer open. People gathered
in private homes: no need to provoke the Germans.
Almost every rabbi's home became a house of prayer. 5
We drank, we ate, we sang. The Bible commands us to rejoice
during the eight days of celebration, but our hearts were not in it.
We wished the holiday would end so as not to have to pretend.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 02:37
Parallel Structure?

I'm pretty sure that "We drank, we ate, we sang." is parallel structure.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 00:46
What literacy device is being used

Theodore Whirled and grabbed Stanley by his collar '' my James not qThee-o-dore'' he said its armpit he Thébes Stanley to the ground

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 15:55
What literary device is being used?

Through the house one heard her strides

First dusting shelves and watering blooms

Prowling and penned through a rehearsed life.

But the sealed mind was the unrestrained wave.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 22:15
Literary Devices

Which Literary is this? " It's so hard to say goodbye "

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 01:58
5sos tomorrow never dies

where are the poetic devices in this song???
[Ashton:]
(Tomorrow never dies)

[Calum:]
Life can be so hard to breathe
When you're trapped inside a box
You're waiting for a break to come
It always comes too late

You're on the edge just stumbling
And the road it starts to wind
But every time a page is turned
A chance to make it right

[Luke:]
Oh the sun will rise
Like a flame ignites

[Ashton:]
We're not done till we say it's over
We won't fade away

[Luke:]
Oh the sun will rise

[Ashton:]
Tomorrow never dies
(Tomorrow never dies)

[Calum:]
It's hard to see the enemy
When you're looking at yourself
Maybe your reflection shows you
Screaming out for help

And you try your best to just keep up
And your feet they fall behind
But the beat you're marching to
You're keeping perfect time

[Luke:]
Oh the sun will rise
Like a flame ignites

[Ashton:]
We're not done till we say it's over
We won't fade away

[Luke:]
Oh the sun will rise

[Ashton:]
Tomorrow never dies

[Calum:]
Try your best to change your fate
You can just enjoy the ride
The sun will rise, the moon will fall
Tomorrow never dies
(It never dies)

[Luke:]
Oh the sun will rise
(The sun will rise the sun will rise)
Like a flame ignites
(A flame ignites a flame ignites)

[Ashton:]
We're not done till we say it's over
We won't fade away

[Luke:]
Oh the sun will rise

[Ashton:]
Tomorrow never dies
Tomorrow never dies
Tomorrow never dies

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 05/23/2015 - 21:54
oh the sun will rise like the

oh the sun will rise like the flame ignites is a simile

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 02:10
help

is "her reading was a wonder in my ears" personification?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 05:34
help on this plz

What's the difference between amplification, and circumlocution?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:24
what are the literally devices in this poem??? please help me !

Competitive Swimming
By: ElisaTheDuck

The swimmers are lined up behind their blocks.

And the competitors are in their positions pose.
the swimmers get ready to take flight like a bird.
They streamline all the way to the flags,
They start swimming in a steady crawl,
none of them for the first lap stall.
A swimmer slows down: the one in lane six.
They start sprinting on their remaining meters,
Their legs churning up water like crazy egg beaters.
Lane three is first, next is lane one,
And one by one the others are done.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 23:46
Simile

Simile

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 20:59
Similie

"Swimmers get ready to take flight like a bird" is a similie.
"There legs churning up water like crazy egg beaters" is also a similie.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 00:50
what literary devices are used here

She went walking with her dog on a Sunday morning
She walked by a church and felt the shame
Her mistake was thought over until the point of crying
Out on the bench she sat until the church folk came

She asked their forgiveness for not attending
She informed them that her decisions she would be mending
If only a second chance would they give to her
She would be loyal and attend the church forever

She goes to church and is now rejoicing
In serving God her Savior who is everlasting

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:05
some alliteration

there is some alliteration is this poem "went walking with"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 18:34
what litecery divice would this be

the old man passed away

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 16:10
the old man pass away is an

the old man pass away is an idom not literary device, it means he is dead and gone forever

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 00:44
euphemism

euphemism

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 21:15
totally a euphemism

it's a euphemism. euphemisms are milder terms used to describe something.

in your case the old man died, you politely phrased it by saying "passed away"

does this help you? please let me know ASAP so that i can keep looking for what you need

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:49
What literary device is used in this sentence

"It? That was my first hint: something is wrong with this situation."

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/17/2015 - 23:36
i don't understand

what part is the sentence. i could help you if i knew what you are saying.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:50
genres of novel

Please help me, what are the genres of novel? Is there any linguists who makes a classification about this? Thanks in advance.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/17/2015 - 14:11
Which literary device is used here?

If you want a red rose, you must build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with your own heart's-blood.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 01:00
also alliteration

there is also alliteration used here. "red-rose" and "music by moonlight" are examples of alliteration.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:52
I think it might be Allegory

look up what allegory means, on this site, and see if that will help.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:57
What literary term is used here

"Even after what came later, there was no bitterness in our memory of him."

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 05/09/2015 - 22:24
it could be periodic struture

periodic structure is when the predicate is held off until the end of the sentence.

let me know if this satisfies you

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:56
Sentence within a story -- what's it called?

What is the name of the technique wherein certain words in a paragraph are highlighted (bold, oversized, etc.) so that reading only those words conveys a complete sentence -- and reading the whole paragraph still makes sense? Here's what I'm talking about:

With all the different savings products out there, it’s sometimes hard to Get a clear idea of the right one to choose. Sure, you’re really high on earning great yields—but that’s not so easy to find if you want cash that’s handy to access at a local ATM; and since you’re socking away the maximum amount of money, shouldn’t you expect the maximum amount of security?

So if you only read the highlighted words, it says: Get high yields, easy cash access and maximum security

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 23:53
Please help I can't find the name of this technique anywhere!!

What is it called when an author uses the same sentence or a similiar one at the beginning and end of a text? Is is some kind of a framing technique?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 09:16
poetry

what does it mean when it askes what is the significance of the title?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/30/2015 - 23:44
Poetry

It means what is the importance of the title/name of poem. in other words, what is the intention of the title, what does it do, for instance, 'The Quarrel' the poem title, the quarrel signifies that the poem is about a quarrel.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 06/20/2015 - 19:49
Its meanining in the context of a work

Usually when you are asked to interpret a title it means that you should say whether its symbolical - for example "The Rose for Emily" (I know this is prose but really interpreting the title is completely the same) means that the story is some kind of a tribute for Emily, something to remember her by. The title can identify the main character or a place important to them. It may also suggest some of the character's traits - when you have "The Old Astronomer" you already know there will be something about stars and that who he is is an important part of character's identity. The word "old" also suggests that he will either be not in full physical strength, very wise or very tired. So basically the significance of the title is its (symbolic) meaning in the context of the work. The tile is ALWAYS there to suggest you sth about the work. Hope this helps!

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 09:24
2 statements, the 2nd given as a definite conclusion from 1st

In other words, the writer believes that if you agree with the first statement then you must agree with the second, even though it may not be the only possible conclusion. When I've noticed this it seems the intent is to assert a strongly held opinion, not just advance a poorly thought out argument. Is this a literary device? If it isn't, do any language lovers out there know of a word to describe this? (I think that I have heard one.)
For example (not a very good one as it's not subtle):
"You are not a Christian; you do not know right from wrong."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 19:05
What is it called when an

What is it called when an author uses specific words to tell time, such as, "Then it happened." These specific words allow the readers to assume that something happened immediately. What is this literary device called if it even exists? Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 22:45
The term in linguistics that

The term in linguistics that describes this is deixis--when you have to know the context, particularly time and place, in order to understand the meaning of a word.

Back in 10 minutes. (when did the clock start ticking?)
Put the book over there. (where is "there"?)

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 22:34
please help me

what language device is this
"even her name sounded sweet"
it's from the secret river by kate grenville

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:50
it's alliteration

"sounded sweet", that's alliteration. the repetition of a sound

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 21:00
story to sum up person

what is the name of the kind of story which sums up, with one incident, the entire personality of the character? one incident which reveals the person's values.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 14:45
What literary device is this?

"And stole my heart away completely"

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:53
personification / figurative

personification / figurative language etc

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:09

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