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Literary Devices? Can You find any?

The fields of Hughly held him,
The land where he was born.
With fence to mend and cows to tend
And care of wheat and corn
He had no lief to wander
Beyond his place of birth,
But often he would ponder
The luring lands of earth

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:51
What literary device is this?

"She even sang to herself while she cooked those eggs to the brink of burndom."
I'm pretty sure that this is a literary device since burndom is not a real word, but I've been having trouble trying to figure out what it is.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:24
Which literary device is one that is 'not literal'?

"...and flooded the world with brief, deceptive rainbows..."
What is this?^

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 18:44
Is their a literary device

Is their a literary device for when the name of a character has significance to their story>

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/20/2014 - 19:03
what is the literary device?

mom fished out her old vintage shirt
id kill to be able to sleep until eight
so quiet you can almost hear the other people's dreams

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:17
hyperbole- an

hyperbole- an exaggeration
"I'd kill to be able to sleep until eight"
"so quiet you can almost hear the other people's dreams"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 14:28
What literary device is this

For that, I shall never forgive myself

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/06/2014 - 06:49
analogy

analogy is a term for me hahaha

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:58
What technique is this?

the gods smiled on him that day

Thanks for any ideas

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 05:28
what kind of device is this

what kind of device is this phrase
"I have passed by the watchman on his beat and dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 05:20
what are the literary devices present in the following sentence

"His captain's heart.....is become the bellows and fan to cool a gypsy's lust"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 21:53
Not a metaphor

Captain's heart is not a metaphor. If there is a pause after His captain's heart that could be a caesura.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 17:51
A metaphor?

captains heart is a metaphor i think

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:04
need help fast

what litterary divice is this the old man passed away

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/22/2014 - 22:36
Euphemism

It is a euphemism since it is a nicer way to say that he is dead.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:01
IF I WERE A BOY by BEYONCE

What litery devices can we find in the song If i were a boy by Beyonce?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:09
irony, oxymorons, sarcasm

irony, oxymorons, sarcasm

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:24
What literary device would this be?

In the darkness, they grow
to be heroes, clash in the park
like cars on a highway,
pound out grudges
tight as steel.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 06:38
Imagery

Imagery

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:12
china-crack of doubt

china-crack of doubt: what literary device is this?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 00:41
S.P.L.I.T.S

What does S.P.L.I.T.S stand for?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 05:04
what device is this?

please give me my iron

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 17:25
anonounous

irony

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 18:09
Looking for the name of this device.

A story begins in what can be considered the Chapter 4 of the book. Then flashbacks to a character's childhood where the premise of the story is laid out. Then the story travels ahead to meet the story where it began in chapter one where the MC has the flashback.

What is that called? Also In cases like that what would the author do with the flashback itself? Without boring the reader to tears I want to recap the flashback by listing the main points of the flashback. Where can I find examples of where this was done?
Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/04/2014 - 18:01
Device Name?

What is it called when an Author uses a family line to tell a story?

-Walter Dean Myers: Grandfather-Invasion of Normandy
Son/uncle- Fallen Angels
Nephew- The Sunrise Over Fallujah

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/28/2014 - 18:19
Need help !

What literary devices are used in: 1. He has strange powers. He can move mountains, walk on the seas and make rainfall by moving his lips. 2. The gods must have been blind giving you a human skin.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:30
1984 - literary devices if any?

“Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no colour in anything, except the posters that were plastered everywhere. The black moustachioed face gazed down from every commanding corner. There was one on the house-front immediately opposite. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption said, while the dark eyes looked deep into Winston's own. Down at street level another poster, torn at one corner, flapped fitfully in the wind, alternately covering and uncovering the single word INGSOC”.

what are the literary devices in this? can anyone help me!

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 03/30/2014 - 06:49
What devices are used in "The

What devices are used in "The women knew how the past would cry to them in the coming days." from Grapes of Wrath

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:44
KINDRED: THE STORM PARTS 6-13

are there any literary devices in The Storm part 6-13 of Kindred?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:57
what literary device

"i who have died am alive again today"... what literary device is that?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 05:19
an assonance repeating the

an assonance repeating the vowel sound 'a' in 'am alive again'

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 23:07
The purpose of using a

The purpose of using a metaphor is to take an identity or concept that we understand clearly (second subject) and use it to better understand the lesser-knownelement (the first subject).

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:20
Literary Device

Could use alliteration?
"Am alive again"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 06:12
Name of book

How do we call a book that has 2 related stories in it?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:50
What literary devices are in

What literary devices are in this:
"I really couldn't see what socs had to sweat about-good grades, good cars, good girls, madras and mustangs and corvairs- man, I thought, if I had worries like that I'd consider myself lucky.
I know better now"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:08
it is an alliteration using

it is an alliteration using the consonant sound 'g' and simile is also used

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 23:13
what device is this

what device is used in this sentence
"when we were young and poor and wise"

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 03:20
Literary Device

Polysyndeton?
"Young and poor and wise"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 06:15
LITERATURE

ALLITERATION

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 13:59
Alliteration is when

Alliteration is when consecutive words begin with the same letter or sound.
EX:
the Big Blue Bear

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 07:25
what literary device is this ?

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 05:06
repitition and metaphor

repitition and metaphor

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 23:17
Literary Devices

What literary device is this?

There's nothing royal about slavery.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/19/2014 - 11:14
what literary device is this?

I AM A RUNNER.
Thats what i do.
Thats who i am.
Running is all i know,or want, or care about.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 03:31
isn't that from Maze Runner?

isn't that from Maze Runner?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 21:47
anaphora in the word

anaphora in the word "that's"
or rhythm and rhyme

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:29
confusion

is repetition a literary device of is there a device that uses it?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/31/2013 - 21:44
Yes it is a literary divice

I dnt really understand what you mean by these allegory

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/19/2014 - 10:01
allegory.Yes it's a literary device.

It deals with the personification of abstract entities such as vices,virtues,morals etc Check the scenerio of the listeners and death in Walter de la Mare's "LISTENERS".

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 03:22
Yes, repetition can be used

Yes, repetition can be used as a literary device....it is considered one. Mainly to emphasize a certain point in the passage .

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:36

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