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“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
what device

Cursed missed opportunities.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:59
repetition in books

What is it called when the first and last word of a book are the same?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:05
What literary device is "gobbled up by greed"

Please tell me what literary device is "gobbled up by Greed"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:26
Gobbled up by greed

It's means they are setting aside what is important and going for what they want and not what they need.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:09
Can someone HELP please What

Can someone HELP please
What literary device is used in following quote

"Your imagination is paralyzed"

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:20
personification

persn like qualities

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:57
HELP AND FAST

Is a verse a literary devise ? need HELP

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/13/2014 - 06:03
Help

What literary device(e) is/are attached to this sentence: "And she sailed up from the front steps, with her classic "if Mr. FInch don't wear you out, I will, Sir".

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 17:56
Need help.

What literary device is this? - "Listen, I listen to the thunderous twang of the mighty bow"
Twang being the main word.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/09/2014 - 16:48
Maybe ...................................................?

I think it is imagery

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/16/2014 - 03:21
What literary device is this

So many sets of dying eyes

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:49
HELP

so trapped no where to turn

wat literary device??

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:27
ANS

I think it may be a hyperbole.:()

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/09/2014 - 04:54
What kind of device is this ?

"...underlined and circled in red. I am Canadian." What literary device is this?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:49
Help Quick, pls & thnk u!

"Gobbled up by greed" ??

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:52
oxymoron

oxymoron

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 15:33
Which literary device is this?

Which literary device can be used to describe when an author uses the relationship between two characters in a story to relate to the relationship between two characters in another story?

For example, a story that compares two characters' relationship to the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 04:08
What device is this

1987: The two girls in the blue dresses stand there as they stare at there father hanging, dead.
2003: Brianna and Ashleigh cry as their mother tells them the news of their father hanging himself.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:18
Need extremely help!

a slumber did my spirit seal;
i had no human fears:
she seemed a thing that could not feel
the touch of earthly years.

What is the 2 devices in this poem?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:36
another idea

The author also utilises truncated sentances

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 11:48
Answer!!!!!

The answer to your question is : Rhythm & Rhyme; and Rhyme Scheme.

(If this answer is wrong please correct me. )

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:26
what literary device is this?

Switching back and forth between years

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:27
Metaphor?

Is ''He is a car encyclopedia'' a metaphor?
If not, what literary device is this?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:39
well known poets/ metaphor

can you give me a well-known example of metaphor in poetry and describe the impact of this device?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:31
is this imagery? if not imagery, what is it?

so much to do, so little time to do it

thanks so much

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:25
Imagery

Hyperbole: this is the example used on this website for hyperbole: “I am so tired I cannot walk another inch” or “I’m so sleepy I might fall asleep standing here”.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:59
Imagery

This is not imagery. Imagery creates a picture in your mind. Like using describing words help with creating imagery. Although I'm not sure what this is, I just know it isn't imagery. :)

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:14
Homework Help

I really need help and this assignment is due tomorrow! Here it is: "The daisy hugging the earth/ in August, ha!"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:35
What type of literary device is this

He worked himself to death

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:35
hyperbole

the device is hyperbole because theres exaggeration

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:39
what is this

"She stalked instead of walked."

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:16
answer

onomatopoeia

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:36
Another Answer

It could also be Internal Rhyme, right?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:23
Help

What are 2 pros for using literary devices and 2 cons for using literary devices ??

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:39
What device is this?

Our youth need to swim and survive against the tsunami of hip-hop with the life jacket of soca and reggae

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:41
Is this an example of ? Please don't respond with illiteracy.

Knowledge is reason enough for me?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:08
illietracy :P

illietracy :P

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:47
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
Imagery

I'd say it's pure and simple imagery

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 11:51
Personification

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

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 02:00
no

no

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:22
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
personification

personification

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:47
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

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