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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
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
What is this literary device?

Light a fire they can't put out

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 00:41
what literary device?

What literary device is "the darkness blinded us"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 05:18
What literary device is this?

“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 23:52
What is unity? (Unity of

What is unity? (Unity of place, action and time)

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 00:34
literary devices

what literary device is... "a deep deep breath"?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/22/2016 - 06:26
repetition.

repetition.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 02:24
What literary device is this?

What literary device is, "The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After."

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 21:02
which literary device?

Is there a literary device when the author states the title of the book in the story.
For example, In My Abandonment it states, "The way of life is wonderful. It is by abandonment."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 07:18
language device

does this quote use personification- " he was endeavouring to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 22:51
Help Identify this Literary Device

In one passage of a book it goes
"Those kids were magnificent.
they knew everything.
And they were beautiful.
They were beautiful and smart.
They were beautiful and smart and epic.
They were filled with hope."

I thought the device was anaphora, but is there a specific device that is about constantly adding more to one phrase?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 20:24
Literary Device

what literary device is this sentence?? "I am so full right now I could sleep till next Christmas."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 19:49
hyperbole, because it is

hyperbole, because it is over-exaggerating. You would not literally sleep until next Christmas.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 02:25
hyperbole

hyperbole

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/13/2016 - 19:56
Hyperbole

I'm pretty sure it's hyperbole, an exaggeration and overemphasization of something to produce a grander effect.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 20:26
THE TEMPEST - HELP

“and my ending is despair”, “frees all faults”, “Let your indulgence set me free”)

please help my find a literary technique in this ^^

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 13:32
transferred epithe

whats the difference between personification and metaphor and transferred epithet ??

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/07/2016 - 23:33
Direct Tv "Get Rid of Cable" commercials

What would be the literary device that was used in the Direct Tv " Get Rid of Cable" commercials?

For example:
When your cable company keeps you on hold, you get angry
When you get angry, you go blow off steam
When you go blow off steam, accidents happen
When accidents happen, you get an eye patch
When you get an eye patch, people think you’re tough
When people think you are tough, they want to see how tough
And when people want to see how tough, you wake up in a roadside ditch
Don’t wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of cable and use Direct TV.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/06/2016 - 06:47
Anadiplosis

This is anadiplosis

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:51
Identifying Literary Devices

What literary device would the following sentence be?

Mom had her eyes locked on me

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/28/2016 - 18:03
Good terms to use by Tarmsy

Good terms to use by Tarmsy

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 19:14
Find the literary device to this quote

"50 cent: Sleep, sleep is for those people who are broke. I dont sleep."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:33
Use of jerund and verb in juxtaposition

What is the literary device in which a verb is used as a noun, and then a verb, either in the same sentence, or the next? an example would be "As unbelievable as it seemed, the runner ran." or "An almost unheard of occurrence, occurred."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/18/2016 - 19:46
what literary device is

what literary device is this...

She sees a boat on the sea and referrers to it as a place of the dead

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 01:19
answer

analogy bc it directly compares a boat to a place of the dead

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/04/2016 - 00:45
peace

please how many figurative expression do we have? And pls can literary terms or devices be used interchangeably with figurative expressions?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/15/2016 - 22:29
what literary device is this

"It is better to be torn to pieces at as spring, than to be a mouse at the caprice of such a cat."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 06:23
LITERARY AND ELEMENTS OF LITERATURE

ARE THEY THE SAME

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 13:51
figurative language

What type of figurative language device is " fresh light"?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/30/2016 - 06:04
Find the devices

Champion of the world. A Black boy. Some Black mother’s son. He was the strongest man in the world. People drank Coca-Colas like ambrosia and ate candy bars like Christmas. Some of the men went behind the Store and poured white lightning in their soft-drink bottles, and a few of the bigger boys followed them. Those who were not chased away came back blowing their breath in front of themselves like proud smokers.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/30/2016 - 00:26
English

What literary device is "A choice is made for them"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 18:54
what is a humorous device?

What is a humorous device??

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/25/2016 - 15:26
what is the literary tool of personification?

WHAT IS THE LITERARY TOOL OF PERSONIFICATION???

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/24/2016 - 00:40
See anthropomorphism

See anthropomorphism

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/13/2016 - 22:11
ANSWER

Personification (literary device) is when you describe non-human or inanimate objects using human characteristics. Ex: "The waves danced around her." Waves; dance
"The lightning cackled throughout the night." Lightning; cackled "The evil stones fell upon the village." Evil; stone.

Personification (colloquial term) Is when you give non-human organisms or objects human traits. Ex: Talking animals, talking trees, inanimate objects which move on their own, and sometimes when describing the actions of non-human life forms (ex: "The dog barked angrily at the distant clouds." dog; angrily)

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/26/2016 - 04:26
essay

im writing an essay on a midsummer nights dream and i need literary devices for this quote "Through Athens I am thought as fair as she.
But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so.
He will not know what all but he do know.Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."
please help

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 05:37
Quote analysis for Finnikin of The Rock

I'm trying to find the literary term for this quote, "But when they reached the settlement, she stopped and turned, and her eyes found Finnikin’s. He wanted desperately to protect her. To hide her. To take her away where he could pretend she was a novice named Evanjalin.” (297 Marchetta)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 16:05
Question

What are 2 literary devices in the line "Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved before" by Tennyson?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/10/2016 - 21:41
Youth against tobacco essay (last paragraph)

"Now, we know that the tobacco industry lies to us. We know that they manipulate us. And we know that they spend billions of dollars every year trying to kill us. We know that. So, maybe it's time that we started reading the labels more carefully."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 14:17
EXACTALLY!

EXACTALLY!

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 19:42
Literary devices

what literary devices do both poem use to express the theme of freedom?

The poem "a linnet in a gilded cage" and
"A song of flight"

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/07/2016 - 01:05
Question

what type of literary device is this statement If the elders could not be convinced ; how would the people be able to understand him too

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/03/2016 - 12:16
help

is there any literary devices in '' she's been living on the highest shelf ''

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 17:23
help needed

what would you call the device used in the line
"hunger ate at them as they continued forward"
and
"as weightless as he was, he was too heavy for his legs to carry."

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/14/2016 - 07:02
What literary device is, " We

What literary device is, " We rode the waves as the day went on."

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/31/2016 - 04:56
what literary devices are used in the lyrics to history has its

looking for literary devices that are used in the lyrics history has its eyes on you

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/06/2016 - 19:55
Is this a literary device? If so, which one?

"I'm worried there will be a Kidnapper while the kids are napping."

"I would hope for less, but that would be hopeless."

"We will go to get her together."

Or

"If you're trying to serve Ivan, there is no survivin'."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/21/2016 - 06:27
Non-Sequitur

Can anyone tell me if this validates as a non-sequitur?

"If you don't wanna miss the good stuff, you got to get up before the sun does because the sun is a lazybones. Also breakfast is a part of a nutritious breakfast."

I am mostly referring to the last sentence of the quote.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:45
Literary device

What literary device is used in " Baby you're firework" ?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:33

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