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What do you call a person who uses a lot of literary devices?

E.B. White uses a lot of literary devices in his work, is there a specific term I can use to describe him?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:45
what literary device is this?

"when the sharpest words want to cut me down"

another example is:

"going to send a flood and drown them out"

it's lyrics from the song in the greatest showman and I'm writing a song analysis on it and I'm having trouble figuring out what literary device this is or if it even is a literary device.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/09/2018 - 03:58
What's the name of the device used here?

Some ancient Asian philosophers when asked about something, told the truth only to then claim they did not know it, or then say that it was simply not so. With the purpose of either veiling themselves or to make people think for themselves.

Self made example:

Man: does electricity flows like water through a wire?

Wiseman: inside your body, chi pushes and pulls the chi in your blood with the same strength of force that chi is gathered inside your body from the outside. When you breathe you are filled with air, air must now be equally emptied. When you walk somewhere, you place your left leg in front of you and then your right leg, so that you achieve balance and do not fall. When you speak with someone, what you say is heard by the other, so that this can later reply while you listen. But if electricity flows like water through a wire, my friend, that kind of magic I do not know.

This is a very much exaggerated way of putting it as an attempt to express more clearly the point. Normally the way in which this is done is very subtle and even comical to the philosophers.
Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 18:25
What literary device is.....

“The sniper thought the noise would wake the dead.”

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 20:22
im not sure but wouldnt it be

im not sure but wouldnt it be an imagery for using noise?
noise is one of the five senses

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/19/2017 - 06:42
What is the name for this?

A critical term to describe a story ending with no hope

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:21
he kept the fire blazing

he kept the fire blazing

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:01
kerri is a baby when she

kerri is a baby when she doesn't get her way which literary device is this

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/05/2017 - 18:25
metaphor - it's a direct

metaphor - it's a direct comparison.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/08/2017 - 22:24
Odyssey: What is this literary device?

The term "square in the throat" when being punched, or shot by an arrow.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/04/2017 - 21:36
So there any literary devices

So there any literary devices in this quotation

“And I loved her that she did pity them”

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 15:50
What literary device is used in this?

The wish of the wind is to be somewhere else
The fear of the rain is how it will die.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/27/2017 - 21:59
Personification and

Personification and alliteration

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:55
What literary device is being

What literary device is being used in:
1. The wish of the wind is to be somewhere else
The fear of the rain is how it will die.

2. The ocean heaved a sigh and crashed to the shore.

3. She’s the cold of Alaska and the warmth of Italy.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:09
In the first one there is

In the first one there is alliteration with the W in "wish of the wind"

The second one contains personification and maybe onomatopoeia with "crashed"

The third one is juxtaposition with cold and warmth

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:36
Personification

Personification

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/23/2017 - 19:50
What literary device is used in this sentence?

"You never know how your words can cut someone."

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/06/2017 - 03:37
'no point asking if i get a kiss for that i guess?'

i don't know what techniques are being used in this quote how do i identify them

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/31/2017 - 08:59
Rhetorical Question

Rhetorical Question

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/09/2017 - 04:48
what literary device is used

what literary device is used in the sentenced A 50 YEAR OLD BABY

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:26
A hyperbole because its being

A hyperbole because its being over exaggerated. Its also oxymoron because they're complete opposites.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/10/2017 - 22:41
What is this called?

What is it called when a character betrays an ideal in order to bring it to fruition?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:44
betrayal?

betrayal?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:16
please help to find the

please help to find the literary device used in this passage.
"this new freedom that women enjoy is indeed a progressive step in retrogressive world."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/17/2017 - 02:42
Reply

Im not completely sure but it looks like a hyperbole because the statement contradicts itself by first mentioning 'progressive' and then 'retrogressive'

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/29/2017 - 12:18
What Literary term is this an example of

What literary term is this an example of
“Fear and reason fought over the answer. Fear said Yes.”

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/11/2017 - 18:19
What is this literary device?

It's like foreshadowing but in reverse. The author drops hints about an event or events that happened before the start of the story that continue to shape what is currently happening. I love it and it drives me nuts. What is it called??

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:10
is this anastrophe ,"and die,

is this anastrophe ,"and die, if it come to that"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:23
What is the name of this?

When a character has one attitude when the story begins but by the end their attitude has changed.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:53
Pretty sure. It is round

Pretty sure.
It is round character.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:58
Bildungsroman

I think the lit device is bildungsroman.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:32
tone

tone

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 05:13
what literary device

what literary device is in "A mans errors are his portals of discovery"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/02/2017 - 00:25
A weight was lifted off my heart.

What literary device is used in this sentence?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:45
Answer

Metaphor or imagery

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/04/2017 - 06:46
metaphor

metaphor

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/01/2017 - 22:26
Which literary device goes

Which literary device goes with "Think I'm addicted to your light"?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:56
what device is used ????

In Fact, quite as securely an integral part of him as that skin is. It hardens as his arteries harden. It has katzenjammer on the days succeeding his indiscretions. It is gaudy when he is young and gathers decorum when he grows old.”

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:43
Albert Asamoah

List of literary devices that talk about the dead.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/10/2017 - 12:04
What literary technique is in this sentence??

“Ben realizes the horrible truth when they catch sight of the nearby Death Star, and the Millennium Falcon is quickly captured”

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/10/2017 - 09:43
than

what type of literary device would than be

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/06/2017 - 03:26
What literary devices does

What literary devices does the sentence "America was a river, roaring along, unmindful of the past"

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/26/2017 - 08:40
metaphor

metaphor

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/10/2017 - 23:55
english literature

when mice with wings can wear a human face

which one is this?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/19/2017 - 06:18
About Caesura's

In poetry, would it still be a Caesura if the verse is listing items
For example, in Warsan Shire's 'Trying To Swim With God'

air, teeth, blood,

This is a verse in the poem, Would the comma between air and teeth still be called a caesura?

Thanks

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/02/2017 - 02:21
"Sea of Peace" I can't

"Sea of Peace" I can't remember what is it called?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/01/2017 - 02:48
Sea of Peace

The Pacific ocean? What do you mean?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:35
Which literary device is this??

"TEAR THE WHOLE THING DOWN!" Conor roared.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 07/22/2017 - 17:17
literary device

roared would be a verbal verb

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:40
which technique is this?

“It was as cold and dark inside her as out in the frosty night.”

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/30/2017 - 04:05

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