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What literary device is used?

We rode the waves as the day went on

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/18/2018 - 03:04
What literary device is this

What literary device is this poem "On the Mountain; Question and Answer"

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 06:23
How do you annotate imagery

How do you annotate imagery in a note?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:41
What literary device is this?

The garden had and almost calming atmosphere and it felt like a monk's monastery.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:50
ez

analogy/Juxtaposition, metaphor, alliteration

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/31/2018 - 02:44
Simile

Simile

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:28
What type figure of speech is this?

“I first met my wife.....”

Now obviously she wasn’t your wife when you first met her, so what is this referred to?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/07/2018 - 20:18
hmmmmmm

flashback

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/31/2018 - 02:45
the figure of speech is APOSIOPESIS Because it is involve such

it is good because it involve some people with enough knoweldge

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 05/12/2018 - 21:58
what is the literary device of breeze

please help

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/06/2018 - 19:27
Question

What's the literary elements for this quote :
"The air suddenly felt very thin."

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 00:42
The air suddenly felt very thin

is most likely to be personification.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/06/2018 - 14:48
Literary Devices in this sentence please?

What literary devices are used in this quote..."love doesn't discriminate between the sinners and the saints it takes and it takes and we keep loving anyway..."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/26/2018 - 09:40
Probably Personification

Probably Personification

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:37
Referring to a character as an initial with an emdash

Why do some authors refer to a character only by an initial followed by an em-dash?

For example, in The Count of Monte Cristo, one person is called “Countess G—-“

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/23/2018 - 04:04
Romeo and Juliet quotes, what techinques are used?

“ If that thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow, by one that I’ll procure to come to thee, where and what time thou wilt perform the rite, And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay, And follow thee my lord throughout the world. “And I will do it without fear or doubt, To live an unstained wife to my sweet love.” These two quotes
“O happy dagger! Here is thy sheathe, here rust and let me die.”
“Hang thee, young baggage! I tell thee what- get thee to church a Thursday. Or never after look at me in the face. Speak not, reply not, do not answer me! My fingers itch.”

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/22/2018 - 17:28
What literary device is this?

'Cause I've been looking at the sky to show me where I went wrong
Been looking at the sky like someone was looking down
But it keeps raining on me

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 02:04
What literary device is it

What literary device is it when someone cuts the other person talking off
example
"Well, I think that's overstating it somewhat. The thing with PANDAS is-"
"Isn't it true that this so-called PANDAS isn't even a real diagnosis?"

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/30/2018 - 02:02
isn't that interrupted

isn't that interrupted dialogue

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/22/2018 - 06:47
Caesura in poetry and prose.

Caesura in poetry and prose. However in spoken language just as your example is, its usually just called: "interruption".

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:34
What literary device is this?

Beyond the light of the fire everything was swallowed up in the blackness of darkness.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/27/2018 - 15:25
What literary device is this??

praying that this war will end soon and you can come home to us.

please help

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:31
Effect

And a good south wind sprung up from behind

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/20/2018 - 04:18
Literary device

What literary device is the sun a sheet of gold

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 03/12/2018 - 19:37
metaphor

metaphor

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:34
metaphor

metaphor

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/14/2018 - 20:16
placeless place"

what literary
device is this

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 03/04/2018 - 03:07
Answer

This is an example of alliteration

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/14/2018 - 02:48
This is a example of how to

This is a example of how to fuck a bitch ->=( hhhhhh

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/26/2018 - 20:44
literary device

Please I want to know the literary term for "teenage. Pregnancy as waged the number of death acquired "

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/24/2018 - 15:56
English

What literary device is this quote using “the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing”~ Socrates

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/23/2018 - 04:02
What literary device is: You

What literary device is: You close your eyes to look around
-Kendrick Lamar

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/12/2018 - 03:21
what kind of literary device

what kind of literary device is "I walked, I ran, I jumped, I flew"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 04:32
literature

it is climax

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 03/04/2018 - 21:25
alliteration

alliteration

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/05/2018 - 21:52
No

This isn't alliteration.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/12/2018 - 18:35
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
Hyperbole. It is an

Hyperbole. It is an exaggeration to say the noise would wake the dead.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/24/2018 - 21:46
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
a tragedy

a tragedy

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 03/05/2018 - 05:34
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

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