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whats the literary device in this....

m trying to find what would the EXACT literary device be for this one....
LIGHT BREEZE..... SOFT SUNLIGHT.... OMNIPRESENT SILENCE....
*i think they all fall in the same category... but m not sure..
first i thought 'bout personification.. but then... it states attributing human value... nd i dont think light nd soft would be counted to be human values... or do they..??
i also found some more like... reification nd anthropomorphism..... but then again.. they too state bout attributing human values.....
Plz help me get the right nd exact literary device for them.....

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/27/2014 - 16:04
Personification

My black steelnwool hair .....is that personification?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 02:00
whats the literary device here

"trends in California usually knock on Canada's doors a few years later"

wondering about the "knocking on Canada's doors" part

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:05
Is there a literary device for this?

Is there a literary device when a book mentions songs with some meaning to the story when analyzing? What is it called when an author does that?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:21
What is it called when there

What is it called when there is a break in a story that tells you factual information.

eg. My dear Biddy, I have forgotten nothing in my life that ever had a foremost place there, and little that ever had any place there. But that poor dream , as I once used to call it, has gone by Biddy, all but gone by.
Dickens originally added just two more paragraphs here to end the novel. Friends who were dissatisfied with that ending, however, convinced him to write a new, longer ending. the original ending is on page 667. what followed here is the new ending.
Nevertheless, ...

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:09
I am trying to write this

I am trying to write this paper and i need to find a literary device that has some one hidden in the book/short story and then later comes up and shows him/herself. I can't really think of how to explain this, but i was wondering if there was a literary device for any of that. Kind of like foreshadowing.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:41
same

i have the same problem i ned help to find out what a Literacy device is.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:55
What is the Literary Device?

I see the anaphora obviously, and the asyndeton, but what about switching the adjectives into their abstract noun part of speech:

The voice is not merely soft, not merely sincere, not merely considerate, not merely kind—it is the essence of softness, sincerity, consideration and kindness.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 05:31
" oink and moo" are examples of?

a. repetition
b. an allusion
c. an onomatopoeia
d. an assonance

HERE'S THE CHOICES PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:11
Easy

C

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:24
C.-onnmatopeia

C.-onnmatopeia

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 04:05
the answer is "c"

the answer is "c" (onomatopoeia)

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 02:01
Literary device?

"No matter in what labor camp they slave, no matter in what injustice they're trapped, they hear our call, they see out light, and they feel the pull of our freedom."

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 02:35
help

what is "They never tell you any more truth than they have to"? And what literary term is being used here?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:48
Can this be considered a literary device?

(if so, which one(s)?)
"The Lackses challenged everything I thought I knew about faith, science, journalism, and race."

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:07
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
alliteration & meter are the

alliteration & meter are the ones i know for sure

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 02:05
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
Multiple answers

the word burndom is a "portmanteau".

There are two alliterations on the "S" and the "B"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 05:38
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
Apostrophe. . . . . .. . .

Apostrophe. . . . . .. . . talking to someone as if he is

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:18
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
Hahah.

Very punny.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:32
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
It sounds likei

It sounds like personification, because the sentence gives life to an idea (in this case, the past).

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:35
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

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