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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
Personification and

Personification and alliteration

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:55
What literary device is being

What literary device is being used in:
1. The wish of the wind is to be somewhere else
The fear of the rain is how it will die.

2. The ocean heaved a sigh and crashed to the shore.

3. She’s the cold of Alaska and the warmth of Italy.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:09
In the first one there is

In the first one there is alliteration with the W in "wish of the wind"

The second one contains personification and maybe onomatopoeia with "crashed"

The third one is juxtaposition with cold and warmth

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:36
Personification

Personification

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/23/2017 - 19:50
What literary device is used in this sentence?

"You never know how your words can cut someone."

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/06/2017 - 03:37
'no point asking if i get a kiss for that i guess?'

i don't know what techniques are being used in this quote how do i identify them

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/31/2017 - 08:59
Rhetorical Question

Rhetorical Question

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/09/2017 - 04:48
what literary device is used

what literary device is used in the sentenced A 50 YEAR OLD BABY

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:26
A hyperbole because its being

A hyperbole because its being over exaggerated. Its also oxymoron because they're complete opposites.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/10/2017 - 22:41
What is this called?

What is it called when a character betrays an ideal in order to bring it to fruition?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:44
betrayal?

betrayal?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:16
please help to find the

please help to find the literary device used in this passage.
"this new freedom that women enjoy is indeed a progressive step in retrogressive world."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/17/2017 - 02:42
Reply

Im not completely sure but it looks like a hyperbole because the statement contradicts itself by first mentioning 'progressive' and then 'retrogressive'

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/29/2017 - 12:18
What Literary term is this an example of

What literary term is this an example of
“Fear and reason fought over the answer. Fear said Yes.”

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/11/2017 - 18:19
What is this literary device?

It's like foreshadowing but in reverse. The author drops hints about an event or events that happened before the start of the story that continue to shape what is currently happening. I love it and it drives me nuts. What is it called??

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:10
is this anastrophe ,"and die,

is this anastrophe ,"and die, if it come to that"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:23
What is the name of this?

When a character has one attitude when the story begins but by the end their attitude has changed.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:53
Pretty sure. It is round

Pretty sure.
It is round character.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:58
Bildungsroman

I think the lit device is bildungsroman.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:32
tone

tone

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 05:13
what literary device

what literary device is in "A mans errors are his portals of discovery"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/02/2017 - 00:25
A weight was lifted off my heart.

What literary device is used in this sentence?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:45
Answer

Metaphor or imagery

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/04/2017 - 06:46
paradox

paradox

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:56
metaphor

metaphor

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/01/2017 - 22:26
Which literary device goes

Which literary device goes with "Think I'm addicted to your light"?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:56
what device is used ????

In Fact, quite as securely an integral part of him as that skin is. It hardens as his arteries harden. It has katzenjammer on the days succeeding his indiscretions. It is gaudy when he is young and gathers decorum when he grows old.”

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:43
Albert Asamoah

List of literary devices that talk about the dead.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/10/2017 - 12:04
What literary technique is in this sentence??

“Ben realizes the horrible truth when they catch sight of the nearby Death Star, and the Millennium Falcon is quickly captured”

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/10/2017 - 09:43
than

what type of literary device would than be

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/06/2017 - 03:26
What literary devices does

What literary devices does the sentence "America was a river, roaring along, unmindful of the past"

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/26/2017 - 08:40
metaphor

metaphor

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/10/2017 - 23:55
english literature

when mice with wings can wear a human face

which one is this?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/19/2017 - 06:18
About Caesura's

In poetry, would it still be a Caesura if the verse is listing items
For example, in Warsan Shire's 'Trying To Swim With God'

air, teeth, blood,

This is a verse in the poem, Would the comma between air and teeth still be called a caesura?

Thanks

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/02/2017 - 02:21
"Sea of Peace" I can't

"Sea of Peace" I can't remember what is it called?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/01/2017 - 02:48
Sea of Peace

The Pacific ocean? What do you mean?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:35
Which literary device is this??

"TEAR THE WHOLE THING DOWN!" Conor roared.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 07/22/2017 - 17:17
literary device

roared would be a verbal verb

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:40
which technique is this?

“It was as cold and dark inside her as out in the frosty night.”

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/30/2017 - 04:05
Technique

That would be simile. A simile is a sentence/phrase that uses like or as to compare two objects, or animals.
e.g. 'His eyes where like endless pools of ocean green', 'she was sick as a dog' etc.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 07/08/2017 - 04:50
What literary device is this

“I discovered a gift for lies. I looked straight at them and offered up the best story i could muster”

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/14/2017 - 15:11
metaphor??

metaphor??

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 06/17/2017 - 08:05
which literacy device is....

the sun sank reluctantly behind the tree tops?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/06/2017 - 07:29
Personification

Personification

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:27

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