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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
What liteary device is being used?

Their voices knotted and tangled, blocking one another so that everything and nothing was being said at once?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:32
idiom

My English etcher told us about something called an idiom but I can't remember what is was. so what is an idiom?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:53
Which literary devices is

Which literary devices is knowledge is power, save yourself

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:16
Peter Cottontail

I can't remember the literary device used here:

He’s got jelly beans for Tommy
Colored eggs for sister Sue
There’s an orchid for your mommy
And an Easter bonnet, too.

Neither he nor I have a sister Sue. Who are these people!
The lyricist is using them to represent all sisters and boys.

Anyone know what that device is called?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:39
Symbolism?

This may be symbolism.
Tommy a symbol for all boys/brothers?
Sue a symbol all sisters?

People can be symbols. Like Ronald Reagan as a symbol of forgetfulness:
I forgot I illegally supported Contra death squads;
I forgot AIDS was a problem;
I forgot I tripled the Gross National Debt.
I hope everybody forgets this.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/05/2015 - 17:12
A thirsty glass

What is the literary devices used in 'a thirsty glass' ?
Synecdoche or Metonymy or Transferred Epithet or Hyperbole ??

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:04
Transferred Epithet

As the characteristic of being thirsty is transferred to the glass
In fact, we could call it an Anthropomorphism.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:18
metonymy

metonymy

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 03/15/2015 - 10:34
What literary device could this be?

So the question is,

What is the term used to descibe the tehcnique/conceit used in an essay in which the author appropriates another written form (help wanted ad, medical script, recipe)?

I thought it could be an allusion but thats only a reference this is more of an inclusion of another piece, anyone know what this could be?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 20:02
Literary

WHAt literary is this the angry earthquake exploded upon the city of los angeles

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 04:36
literary

this is personification

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:06
Several

Anthropomorphism or Transferred epithet for "angry earthquake"
Alliteration for "earthquake exploded"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:21
Help!!

So my literature teacher told us about this thing that was like when someone gives someone compliment but it isn't really a compliment. Like usually it was between two different groups. The example she used was in /The Invisible Man/ a white man says "he knows more words than a pocket sized dictionary" about an intelligent black man. This sounds like a compliment yet the pocket-sized makes it much less of one. I want to use this in my paper but I don't remember what its called!!!

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 02:29
it's sounds like an oxymoron

Oxymoron is a significant literary device as it allows the author to use contradictory, contrasting concepts placed together in a manner that actually ends up making sense in a strange, and slightly complex manner. An oxymoron is an interesting literary device because it helps to perceive a deeper level of truth and explore different layers of semantics while writing.

Does that help?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 21:38
Help is this a literary device of any kind?

I am in a writing intensive course, and I wrote an essay on H.G. Wells, "The Land Ironclad" I titled my essay....

Wells’ Usage of Character Quandary to Delve into Scientific and Social Contingency

What kind of literary device is "Character Quandry" in the title? Please help! A.S.A.P.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 20:39
literature

How do we answer literature passages and poems using literary devices

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:38
literature

you firstly have to understand the subject or theme and then you critically appreciating by noticing the lliterary devices and employ them in line with the essence of the writer in using them....

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:18
Zoot Suit Riot

How is the truth about what happened the night of the raid revealed

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/28/2015 - 23:10
What literary device is being

What literary device is being used below?

"When stings are over it turns to pain"

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:46
"oh, Kinsmen! we must meet

"oh, Kinsmen! we must meet the common foe."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 21:43
these wall have ears

is it a methphor, personification, hyperbole or cliche

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/21/2015 - 22:11
these walls have ears

It is clearly a personification,(something non-human given human attributes).

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 21:40
Personification

Personification

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:34
literary devices

roared into life.
if I turned back now, what would I tell my husband.
what are the literary devices

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 20:16
What literary device

In T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi" he states "With the voices singing in our ears, saying that this was all folly."

What literary device is used when using positive imagery to convey a negative message?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/14/2015 - 03:42
is "mask of blood" symbolism,

is "mask of blood" symbolism, imagery, an idiom??

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 03:36
"mask of blood"

i'd say imagery(it paints a picture in your mind: so you'd be looking at someone with a face so bloody that it looks like a mask.)

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:10
Help

What are some literary terms associated with suspense???

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:01
help

Well, I would suggest FORESHADOWING.

Foreshadowing means 'using hints or clues to suggest what will happen later; builds suspense.'

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:22
??????

Abraham Lincoln
His hand and pen
He will be good but
God knows when

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:01
help

what literary devices are used in Geronimo Stilton treasure hunt in Venice

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:25
"My face turned pale as deadly pale" what literary device?

"My face turned pale as deadly pale" what literary device?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 19:24
it's someone attempting to

it's someone attempting to write a simile, but failing because they are literally comparing one thing to itself. "my face turned deathly pale" would be much easier and normal to say.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/18/2015 - 02:43
First Love by John Clare.

What literary device are used in this poem:-
1. I ne’er was struck before that hour
2. With love so sudden and so sweet,
3. Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
4. And stole my heart away complete.
5. My face turned pale as deadly pale,
6. My legs refused to walk away,
7. And when she looked, what could I ail?
8. My life and all seemed turned to clay

9. And then my blood rushed to my face
10. And took my eyesight quite away,
11. The trees and bushes round the place
12. Seemed midnight at noonday.
13. I could not see a single thing,
14. Words from my eyes did start
15. They spoke as chords do from the string,
16. And blood burnt round my heart.

17. Are flowers the winter’s choice?
18. Is love’s bed always snow?
19. She seemed to hear my silent voice,
20. Not love's appeals to know.
21. I never saw so sweet a face
22. As that I stood before.
23. My heart has left its dwelling-place
24. And can return no more.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 18:03
what literary device is being used here

" you'd have strength if you had god"

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/11/2015 - 00:51
What is the literary device in this lyrics

A million miles away
Your signal in the distance
To whom it may concern

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 20:51
Gobble

What literary device is the phrase "gobbled up by greed."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:32
I think the literary devices

I think the literary devices are personification and alliteration.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 02:53
well it's personification,

well it's personification, because greed can't literally gobble you up, and it's also alliteration.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 02:52
Re: Gobble

I think the literary device is personification.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/06/2014 - 22:26
Too Tall & Shorty

A man standing 5'6" is nicknamed 'Too Tall' and a man standing 6'5" is called 'Shorty'. What are these examples of?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/29/2014 - 20:07
no, not irony

Irony is the difference between appearance and reality. Nobody who is 5'6" would ever look like they were too tall.

i'm pretty sure that it's an oxymoron. An oxymoron is a statement where two parts seem contradictory. For example 'a wise fool', or 'sad joy'.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:29
too tall and shorty

i think irony

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/07/2014 - 21:27
What is it???

Which literary device is this if it is.

“But the evil is seen and alive in us”

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:07
If I had to guess....

If I had to guess, I would probably say personification, but I'm not actually entirely certain on that.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:51
“Sharp clarity and the

“Sharp clarity and the vagueness off a dream”. is an example of which device?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:42
What does this mean????

One can have a full gas tank and an empty trash can or... an empty gas tank and a full trash can?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:28
you can eat and fill your

you can eat and fill your trash can or you can pay for gas and not fill your trash... it is a joke about gas prices

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:23

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