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what is the literary tool of personification?

WHAT IS THE LITERARY TOOL OF PERSONIFICATION???

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/24/2016 - 00:40
essay

im writing an essay on a midsummer nights dream and i need literary devices for this quote "Through Athens I am thought as fair as she.
But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so.
He will not know what all but he do know.Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."
please help

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 05:37
Quote analysis for Finnikin of The Rock

I'm trying to find the literary term for this quote, "But when they reached the settlement, she stopped and turned, and her eyes found Finnikin’s. He wanted desperately to protect her. To hide her. To take her away where he could pretend she was a novice named Evanjalin.” (297 Marchetta)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 16:05
Question

What are 2 literary devices in the line "Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved before" by Tennyson?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/10/2016 - 21:41
Youth against tobacco essay (last paragraph)

"Now, we know that the tobacco industry lies to us. We know that they manipulate us. And we know that they spend billions of dollars every year trying to kill us. We know that. So, maybe it's time that we started reading the labels more carefully."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 14:17
Literary devices

what literary devices do both poem use to express the theme of freedom?

The poem "a linnet in a gilded cage" and
"A song of flight"

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/07/2016 - 01:05
Question

what type of literary device is this statement If the elders could not be convinced ; how would the people be able to understand him too

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/03/2016 - 12:16
help

is there any literary devices in '' she's been living on the highest shelf ''

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 17:23
help needed

what would you call the device used in the line
"hunger ate at them as they continued forward"
and
"as weightless as he was, he was too heavy for his legs to carry."

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/14/2016 - 07:02
What literary device is, " We

What literary device is, " We rode the waves as the day went on."

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/31/2016 - 04:56
what literary devices are used in the lyrics to history has its

looking for literary devices that are used in the lyrics history has its eyes on you

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/06/2016 - 19:55
Is this a literary device? If so, which one?

"I'm worried there will be a Kidnapper while the kids are napping."

"I would hope for less, but that would be hopeless."

"We will go to get her together."

Or

"If you're trying to serve Ivan, there is no survivin'."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/21/2016 - 06:27
Non-Sequitur

Can anyone tell me if this validates as a non-sequitur?

"If you don't wanna miss the good stuff, you got to get up before the sun does because the sun is a lazybones. Also breakfast is a part of a nutritious breakfast."

I am mostly referring to the last sentence of the quote.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:45
Literary device

What literary device is used in " Baby you're firework" ?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:33
metaphor

That's a metaphor
Metaphor= saying somebody is something
Similie= saying somebody is 'like' something.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 08/15/2016 - 18:12
What literary device is this??

"I'll bury my dead"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 17:50
Help! What literary device is this?

I feel like the world is full of possibilities

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/28/2016 - 13:55
value

alliteration

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/06/2016 - 00:18
Help

"Somebody’s finally growing claws.”

Which literary device is this?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 06/25/2016 - 19:51
What literary device is used

They were a wonderful tonic

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/23/2016 - 15:59
Othello

What's the literary device for
She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd,
And I lov'd her that she did pity them

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/23/2016 - 13:07
What literary device does

What literary device does this passage use?

Demons run when a good man goes to war
Night will fall and drown the sun
When a good man goes to war

Friendship dies and true love lies
Night will fall and the dark will rise
When a good man goes to war

Demons run, but count the cost
The battle’s won, but the child is lost
When a good man goes to war

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/23/2016 - 03:30
question

what type of literary device is get it off my chest

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 00:32
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
IT IS A METAPHOR

metaphor
ˈmɛtəfə,-fɔː/Submit
noun
a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

the sun is not literally a sheet of gold. It's a metaphor.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/18/2016 - 04:48
alliteration?

alliteration?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:27
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
F451

Personification maybe?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/04/2016 - 07:07
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
probs

I would say that last line is Paradox
"You make your own path as you walk".

I don't know how to describe paradox so here is another example

"This statement is false".
- This may not be a good example as this has no real meaning or intention other than to confuse.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/27/2016 - 14:08
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

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