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How I should analyze the connotative power of this passage?Help

When icicles hang by the wall,
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When blood is nipped, and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl:
"Tu-whit, Tu-who!" a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

When all aloud the wind doth blow,
And coughing drowns the parson's saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,
And Marian's nose looks red and raw,
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
"Tu-whit, Tu-who!" a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:25
words and phrases literary device

Ready Aim Fire what literary device is this phrase

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/19/2016 - 22:37
literary device

is this a literary device '' the sun a sheet of gold'' , if it is which one is it???

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/17/2016 - 05:27
can anyone help me find lliterary devices?

The good we do lives after us,
The evil 't is that dies!
Evil is earthy, of the earth, --
A thing of pain and crime,
That scarcely sends a shadow forth
Beyond the bounds of time.
But good, in substance, dwells above
This discontented sphere,
Extending only, through God's love,
Uncertain shadows here.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/16/2016 - 23:49
fahrenhit 451

what is this cant find it

her drees was whitie and it whisperd

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:31
Is this a metaphor?

Why don't you shake hands with your devil, Ramsay, and change this foolish life of yours? Why don't you, just for once, do something inexplicable, irrational at the devils bidding, and just for the hell of it? You would be a different man

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 05/14/2016 - 03:22
Not a metaphor

It's not a metaphor because there's no comparison between two unlike objects

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/16/2016 - 03:48
Foreign Phrases

Is using a foreign word or phrase, inserted into a sentence, a literary device when it is not part of dialogue, especially Latin?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:14
What is this called?

What's it called when people say/write phrases like, "Things you take for granted are eventually taken away from you"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:45
What is this?

I found the sentence "His cool voice was unusually warm." in my book. What literary device would this be?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 03:14
well..

i think this is contrast..

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:09
Rhetorical Question

Is a rhetorical question a literary device?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:20
rhetorical questions

is when a person askes you a question and your supposed to answer back and your question has to stay in your head

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/09/2016 - 19:55
what is the term sink or swim

what is the term sink or swim you gotta give it a whirl

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:53
Which literary device is

Which literary device is being used:

There ain't no shame or blame in your game.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 00:06
it is...

its assonance..! where the sound of vowel is being repeated.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:11
rhyme

rhyme

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 00:49
literary Devise

The use of repetitive vowel sounds; shame blame game, a type of alliteration that uses vowels. It is called assonance.

a type of alliteration that uses consonant sounds for effect,
example; Percy the purple parrot perched on a precariously high peach tree.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/05/2016 - 17:31
literary Devises vs literary terms

is there any difference between literary Devises and literary terms? If there is then what is it and when do we use each of them ???

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:55
Yes they are the same.

Yes they are the same.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 19:02
What literary term might this be?

Traveler, there is no road; you make your own path as you walk.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 04/23/2016 - 17:31
literary devices

what are the literary devices in the song maggie may by rod Stewart

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/17/2016 - 19:46
It it Irony?

In the previous remark the hero was unjustly and seriously denied of his lack of seriousness.
He reacts on the remark as if he wants to agree on this statement.

He says: Well, well, my friend, I must get on as best as I can in my flippant Roman way.

Is his saying ironic?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/17/2016 - 17:48
literary device

what is the literary device used in 'Eat something without feeling bad'?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 04/16/2016 - 04:05
M O T H E R

What is the literary device called when you take a word and add adjectives to it?

for example:
M - MAGNIFICIENT
O - OUTSTANDING
T - THOUGHTFUL
H - HELPFUL
E - EAGER
R - RADIENT

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 17:34
Acronym?

Acronym?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 04:26
adding adjectives to words

this is called an Acrostic poem

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 18:59
Read this excerpt from the

Read this excerpt from the grapes of wrath:

There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation.
There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize
There is a failure here that topples all of our success

Which literacy device is best shown in this passage
A. Simile
B. Intercalary
C. Imagery
D. Parallelism

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 15:22
imaery cause its setting out

imaery cause its setting out the image

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:15
Sounds like...

What are these an example of?

Hoof hearted
Soul doubt
Sofa King cool
we todd did

been looking forever, never got an answer.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 03/27/2016 - 17:07
English

can someone help find a litery device in this quote?

“Lily, I like you better than any girl I’ve ever known, but you have to understand, there are people who would kill boys like me for even looking at girls like you.”

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/26/2016 - 04:51
which literary device is on

which literary device is on the flip side of the coin

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/25/2016 - 23:19
oral on 1984

could someone help me and find some literary devices used in the passage i have to comment on:
More dimly he thought of Julia. Somewhere or other
she was suffering perhaps far worse than he. She might be
screaming with pain at this moment. He thought: ‘If I could
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save Julia by doubling my own pain, would I do it? Yes, I
would.’ But that was merely an intellectual decision, taken
because he knew that he ought to take it. He did not feel it.
In this place you could not feel anything, except pain and
foreknowledge of pain. Besides, was it possible, when you
were actually suffering it, to wish for any reason that your
own pain should increase? But that question was not answerable
yet.
The boots were approaching again. The door opened.
O’Brien came in.
Winston started to his feet. The shock of the sight had
driven all caution out of him. For the first time in many
years he forgot the presence of the telescreen.
‘They’ve got you too!’ he cried.
‘They got me a long time ago,’ said O’Brien with a mild,
almost regretful irony. He stepped aside. From behind him
there emerged a broad-chested guard with a long black
truncheon in his hand.
‘You know this, Winston,’ said O’Brien. ‘Don’t deceive
yourself. You did know it—you have always known it.’
Yes, he saw now, he had always known it. But there was no
time to think of that. All he had eyes for was the truncheon
in the guard’s hand. It might fall anywhere; on the crown,
on the tip of the ear, on the upper arm, on the elbow——
The elbow! He had slumped to his knees, almost paralysed,
clasping the stricken elbow with his other hand.
Everything had exploded into yellow light. Inconceivable,
inconceivable that one blow could cause such pain! The
light cleared and he could see the other two looking down
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at him. The guard was laughing at his contortions. One
question at any rate was answered. Never, for any reason
on earth, could you wish for an increase of pain. Of pain
you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing
in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain
there are no heroes, no heroes, he thought over and over as
he writhed on the floor, clutching uselessly at his disabled
left arm.
thank you!

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/12/2016 - 17:40
What is a literary technique for scary word

please answer :)

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/12/2016 - 05:36
what is Eponym?

What is Eponym?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/19/2016 - 20:03
hippo synonym

hippo synonym

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/01/2016 - 18:28
Literary devices in To whom it may concern

Which literary devices are used in this poem? Help please!

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 00:21
What technique is this?

"Yet, perchance, if you should journey down the very track you went, in a month or two at furthest you would wonder what it meant"

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

This new freedom that women can enjoy is indeed a progressive step in a retrogressive world.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 22:12
What Literary Device is This?

“…Sinita kept on stepping forward and didn’t stop until she was right in front of Trujillo’s chair. Slowly, she raised her bow and took aim.”

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:19
What technique is this?

Someone says he is not going to say something, but in saying that he will not say it, he in fact says it.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 04:52
what literary device is use in this quote?

" Life is a timelessness in which we float"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 04:25
What literary device is this?

Hence will I to my ghostly friar's close cell, His help to crave and my dear hap to tell.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 02:30
what literay devices are in this?

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit" it is from shakespeares Twelfth Night.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/27/2016 - 13:12
Sherlock Holmes Struggles

Which literacy device would work for the following?

1.) "Pray to take a seat."
2.) "You put me off, do you?"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:03
what type of literary devices are in the following

Of course they soon came down after him, hooting and hallooing,and hunting

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 17:04
Which literary term is used

Which literary term is used in this reading passage?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/20/2016 - 21:49
Simile

Find more by asking your teacher if ever you have one

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/12/2016 - 20:05
what 2 literacy devices does

what 2 literacy devices does ''I spent the last afternoon of Before constructing a 1/10,000-scale replica of the Empire State Building from boxes of adult diapers" have?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/18/2016 - 01:07
What type of device is this?

There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/10/2016 - 23:45

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