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literary device when the title is referred to in the work itself

What is the literary device when the title is referred to in the work itself?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/21/2017 - 09:12
ASAP

What is it when someone is lying?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/19/2017 - 02:29
Is there a technique for the repetition of questions?

^

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/18/2017 - 04:05
what literary device is

what literary device is this?
"Cause I found a way to steal the sun from the sky"

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/10/2017 - 16:35
urgent!!!!!!!!!!!!!

what literary device is this?
it is raining cats and dogs outside.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/04/2017 - 19:49
:)

Its an idom

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/21/2017 - 23:01
hyperbole

hyperbole

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/19/2017 - 19:05
It's an idiom.

It's an idiom.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 05:41
What is the literary term

What is the literary term used in "I would rather die a thousand deaths"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:48
hyerbole

hyerbole

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:01
hyperbole

hyperbole

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 05:51
what is the device where Questions answer questions?

Q. Do you like it?
A. Is the pope Catholic? (Yes, it's good.)

Q. When will we finish?
A. How long will it take you to finish your task? (Implication is that the task is the only one on the critical path for the project.)

More complex usage examples would be appreciated, but mainly I'm curious if this verbal/written device has a name.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 04/29/2017 - 01:33
need help

what literary device is this using?
"Jazmyne just might ask more questions than Dennis does."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 02:49
I guess its alliteration...

I guess its alliteration...

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/21/2017 - 23:01
allegory

True or False:
Allegories contain allusions which are indirect references to something else (Biblical Allusions, Classical Allusions, Historical Allusions, and Literary Allusions)?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 18:24
Help urgent please!

"It was a proud face " which literary device is it ??

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 08:31
what literary device is used for

"More than likely a sure thing"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/10/2017 - 20:07
What device is used?

"It was the sweetness of his tounge and the tenderness of his soul."

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/07/2017 - 06:34
What literary device?

"Adam looked out of his covered brain —out the long tunnels of his eyes —at the people of his world ."

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/07/2017 - 06:33
Identify Literary Device

I screamed to wake up my parents, and "they burst into the room"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/06/2017 - 04:00
literary device?

"the yelling went on and on, the way yelling does if only to hear itself"

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 23:09
Literary Device .

What literary device is "stomped and beat and kicked and punched" ?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/31/2017 - 18:47
The actual answer

It would be listing actually

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 08:46
asonance

asonance

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/03/2017 - 06:39
What litery technique is this

“…it must be done by law. It’s just a matter of finding the right law, or making one.” from a man for all seasons

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:01
What are the romantic

What are the romantic elements in frankenstein

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 18:52
Literary Device

“as a girl she built the usual castles in the air; but all her girlish hopes and aspirations have long been dead”

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:01
Why do writers use literary

Why do writers use literary devises gave mr five reasons

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:40
What is the poetic device

Ma is bittering. I can see it in her mouth.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 03/05/2017 - 19:28
what is mental substitution in literature

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Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/04/2017 - 11:47
What literary device is "But

What literary device is "But now I have a real thirst for knowledge."

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/04/2017 - 08:40
What literary devices are these?

boatplant
boatflowers
boatfruit
boatworld

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 18:23
uh

compound words? or neologisms (new words)

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/23/2017 - 19:39
What literary device is this?

"She hated her grandmother and had hidden it from herself all these years under a cloak of pity. She had been getting ready for her great journey to the horizons in search of people; it was important to all the world that she should find them and they find her." What literary device is this

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:59
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

What type of literary element/device is,"Have I just put my foot in it?" when they're talking about family?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/26/2017 - 06:02
Idiom

The device used is an idiom...to set your foot in something simply means to interfere

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/31/2017 - 19:07
What literary device(s) are

What literary device(s) are in the sentence below?

"It was cloudy, but the heat hit us immediately, lugging our bags behind us, saying nothing,"

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/25/2017 - 21:57
value

It Is Personification

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 22:52
literature

At first what did Mom and Pa think of having a snake as a pet?

The story "Old Ben"

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 19:37
Is there a literary term for showing a character's thoughts?

l

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 01:30
In plays/theater its an

Internal Dialogue

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/23/2017 - 19:41
Help- Lusus Naturae and Cask of Amontadillo Essay

I am writing a standard essay with 3 key points to my thesis. The subject is similarities between Lusus Naturae and The cask of amontadillo. i need help narrowing down to 3 points.#1 there is obviously a 1st person narrarator who is descriptive, dramatic, illustrative, and overall dark and melancholy ( would all this fall under diction?)
thats my 1st key point; but I also want to include the setting as a time of antiquated beliefs, attitudes, and practices; and i want to include despite the obvious complete night and day differences of the main characters they did share some simililarities e.g. willingness to do anything for their family and family heritage, their instability dealing with their mental states, and their struggles with internal and external conflict ; finally i would like to include an underlying sub-theme of exposing and unveiling the grim, dark, and grittier side of human nature and behavior that is a reality in the world. Any ideas how to categorize these into 3 key points preferably each key point being a literary device? please help! thank you!

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:19
the book thief

what literary device is "Next time I kill you"

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 06:50
Language device

What language device is used in this headline:

"Buy, George? World's largest fund manager hires Osborne as adviser"

!?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 00:09
literary device

What literary device is "the clock is the keeper of time"?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 07:57
personification

clock is personified to be doing an action like keeping the time, when the clock is an object which cannot physically do so. It makes the clock seem like it is the owner of time and is in charge of its running.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 05:28
oppression

police officers comparison to being known for their juxtapositions

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 03:57
Literary device

what literary device is 'such a tender voice' from The Lamb by William Blake?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 22:38
What literary device is used in the poem below?

Way in the morning in the middle of the night

Two dead boys began to fight
Back to back they faced each other
drew their swords and shot one another
Two deaf policemen heard the noise and came
And killed the two dead boys

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 18:43
please help

what figure of speech is "burst the stars on our blankets into tears"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 02:23

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