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what is mental substitution in literature

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Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/04/2017 - 11:47
What literary device is "But

What literary device is "But now I have a real thirst for knowledge."

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/04/2017 - 08:40
What literary devices are these?

boatplant
boatflowers
boatfruit
boatworld

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 18:23
uh

compound words? or neologisms (new words)

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/23/2017 - 19:39
What literary device is this?

"She hated her grandmother and had hidden it from herself all these years under a cloak of pity. She had been getting ready for her great journey to the horizons in search of people; it was important to all the world that she should find them and they find her." What literary device is this

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:59
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

What type of literary element/device is,"Have I just put my foot in it?" when they're talking about family?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/26/2017 - 06:02
Idiom

The device used is an idiom...to set your foot in something simply means to interfere

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/31/2017 - 19:07
What literary device(s) are

What literary device(s) are in the sentence below?

"It was cloudy, but the heat hit us immediately, lugging our bags behind us, saying nothing,"

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/25/2017 - 21:57
value

It Is Personification

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 22:52
What literary device

What literary device is used in "harvest of corruption"

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/09/2017 - 15:35
literature

At first what did Mom and Pa think of having a snake as a pet?

The story "Old Ben"

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 19:37
Is there a literary term for showing a character's thoughts?

l

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 01:30
In plays/theater its an

Internal Dialogue

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/23/2017 - 19:41
Help- Lusus Naturae and Cask of Amontadillo Essay

I am writing a standard essay with 3 key points to my thesis. The subject is similarities between Lusus Naturae and The cask of amontadillo. i need help narrowing down to 3 points.#1 there is obviously a 1st person narrarator who is descriptive, dramatic, illustrative, and overall dark and melancholy ( would all this fall under diction?)
thats my 1st key point; but I also want to include the setting as a time of antiquated beliefs, attitudes, and practices; and i want to include despite the obvious complete night and day differences of the main characters they did share some simililarities e.g. willingness to do anything for their family and family heritage, their instability dealing with their mental states, and their struggles with internal and external conflict ; finally i would like to include an underlying sub-theme of exposing and unveiling the grim, dark, and grittier side of human nature and behavior that is a reality in the world. Any ideas how to categorize these into 3 key points preferably each key point being a literary device? please help! thank you!

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:19
the book thief

what literary device is "Next time I kill you"

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 06:50
Language device

What language device is used in this headline:

"Buy, George? World's largest fund manager hires Osborne as adviser"

!?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 00:09
literary device

What literary device is "the clock is the keeper of time"?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 07:57
personification

clock is personified to be doing an action like keeping the time, when the clock is an object which cannot physically do so. It makes the clock seem like it is the owner of time and is in charge of its running.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 05:28
oppression

police officers comparison to being known for their juxtapositions

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 03:57
Literary device

what literary device is 'such a tender voice' from The Lamb by William Blake?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 22:38
What literary device is used in the poem below?

Way in the morning in the middle of the night

Two dead boys began to fight
Back to back they faced each other
drew their swords and shot one another
Two deaf policemen heard the noise and came
And killed the two dead boys

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 18:43
please help

what figure of speech is "burst the stars on our blankets into tears"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 02:23
What is this literary device?

Light a fire they can't put out

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 00:41
what literary device?

What literary device is "the darkness blinded us"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 05:18
What literary device is this?

“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 23:52
What is unity? (Unity of

What is unity? (Unity of place, action and time)

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 00:34
literary devices

what literary device is... "a deep deep breath"?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/22/2016 - 06:26
repetition.

repetition.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 02:24
What literary device is this?

What literary device is, "The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After."

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 21:02
which literary device?

Is there a literary device when the author states the title of the book in the story.
For example, In My Abandonment it states, "The way of life is wonderful. It is by abandonment."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 07:18
language device

does this quote use personification- " he was endeavouring to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 22:51
Help Identify this Literary Device

In one passage of a book it goes
"Those kids were magnificent.
they knew everything.
And they were beautiful.
They were beautiful and smart.
They were beautiful and smart and epic.
They were filled with hope."

I thought the device was anaphora, but is there a specific device that is about constantly adding more to one phrase?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 20:24
parallelism

parallelism

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 05:58
Literary Device

what literary device is this sentence?? "I am so full right now I could sleep till next Christmas."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 19:49
Hyperbole

It's hyperbole,an extravagant figure of speech not intended to be taken literary

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/31/2017 - 19:17
hyperbole, because it is

hyperbole, because it is over-exaggerating. You would not literally sleep until next Christmas.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 02:25
hyperbole

hyperbole

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/13/2016 - 19:56
Hyperbole

I'm pretty sure it's hyperbole, an exaggeration and overemphasization of something to produce a grander effect.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 20:26
THE TEMPEST - HELP

“and my ending is despair”, “frees all faults”, “Let your indulgence set me free”)

please help my find a literary technique in this ^^

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 13:32
transferred epithe

whats the difference between personification and metaphor and transferred epithet ??

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/07/2016 - 23:33
Direct Tv "Get Rid of Cable" commercials

What would be the literary device that was used in the Direct Tv " Get Rid of Cable" commercials?

For example:
When your cable company keeps you on hold, you get angry
When you get angry, you go blow off steam
When you go blow off steam, accidents happen
When accidents happen, you get an eye patch
When you get an eye patch, people think you’re tough
When people think you are tough, they want to see how tough
And when people want to see how tough, you wake up in a roadside ditch
Don’t wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of cable and use Direct TV.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/06/2016 - 06:47
Anadiplosis

This is anadiplosis

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:51
Identifying Literary Devices

What literary device would the following sentence be?

Mom had her eyes locked on me

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/28/2016 - 18:03
Good terms to use by Tarmsy

Good terms to use by Tarmsy

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 19:14
Find the literary device to this quote

"50 cent: Sleep, sleep is for those people who are broke. I dont sleep."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:33
Use of jerund and verb in juxtaposition

What is the literary device in which a verb is used as a noun, and then a verb, either in the same sentence, or the next? an example would be "As unbelievable as it seemed, the runner ran." or "An almost unheard of occurrence, occurred."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/18/2016 - 19:46
what literary device is

what literary device is this...

She sees a boat on the sea and referrers to it as a place of the dead

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 01:19
answer

analogy bc it directly compares a boat to a place of the dead

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/04/2016 - 00:45
peace

please how many figurative expression do we have? And pls can literary terms or devices be used interchangeably with figurative expressions?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/15/2016 - 22:29
what literary device is this

"It is better to be torn to pieces at as spring, than to be a mouse at the caprice of such a cat."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 06:23

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