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Edgar Allan Poe

What literary devices does Poe use in The Black Cat and in The Tell-Tale Heart?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/23/2013 - 01:29
Godwin vincent

Alliteration

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:32
literary devices

How do literary devices impact an authors writting and what effect does that have upon the reader

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 00:34
what literary device is this:

"a blackness to hurt your ears with listening"

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/10/2013 - 20:37
Godwin vincent

personification

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:27
What literary device is this

"he talked like a river, like a storm, words rushing through the old house with a force and life he could not stop"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/08/2013 - 00:07
Godwin vincent

similies

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:25
what literary device is this?

"But, on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rosebush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him."

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/07/2013 - 00:36
what literary device is this called?

Flexing his gauge, he begins the long slog
over a cardboard sea, holding up for us
strange creatures who eat dogs or scar
themselves or stalk their prey with poisoned darts.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 15:58
what literary device is this

flossing with barbed wire is better than admitting you like someone on middle school

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/01/2013 - 04:39
Godwin vincent

similies

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:43
NO

NO WAY its not a simile

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 11:35
What literary device is this?

Explain what a citation is

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 19:56
to answer your question

This device is a metaphor. Comparing two things; i.e. "flossing with barbed wire" and "liking someone in middle school" without using like or as is a metaphor

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 17:43
correction to your answer

The literary device is actually simile because they do not use like or as in compare"flossing with barbed wire" and "liking someone in middle school". the like in this comparison is the verb within the two comparisons, therefore they do not use like or as to compare so it is a simile.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 09:15
need help

i need a simile and a metaphor related to war and peace

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 16:55
3rd Grade

Pretty sure the definition of a simile is a comparison using like or as
Whereas a metaphor does not use those words. It sounds like a metaphor to me.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 03:45
What literary devices are in this quote?

“I can well imagine an atheist’s last words: ‘White, white! L-L-Love! My God!’—and the deathbed leap of faith. Whereas the agnostic, if he stays true to his reasonable self, if he stays beholden to dry, yeastless factuality, might try to explain the warm light bathing him by saying, ‘Possibly a f-f-failing oxygenation of the b-b-brain,’ and, to the very end, lack imagination and miss the better story.”

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/28/2013 - 00:34
what type of literary device

what type of literary device is this? Hear the sledges with the bells-
Silver bells!

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 16:46
consonance. In this case,

consonance. In this case, the short e sound is repeated.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/28/2013 - 04:04
Hear the sledges with the bells....

Uses consonance. Lots of short e sound.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 07/27/2013 - 02:15
Syntax manipulation?

What is the literary term for when a poet manipulates the syntax, as is often the case when placing a rhyming word at the end of the line?

MT

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 12:45
Literary Device?

What is the literary device called when somewhat soften gruesome acts?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 03:19
litotes- under exaggeration

I think the term you are looking for is litotes, it like the opposite of hyperbole.

the definition found on here says:

Litote

Definition:
Litotes are figures of rhetoric speech that use an understated statement of an affirmative by using a negative description. Rarely talked about, but commonly used in modern day conversations, litotes are a discreet way of saying something unpleasant without directly using negativity. Sometimes called an ironical understatement and/or an avoidance of a truth which can be either positive or negative. Common examples: “I'm not feeling bad,” or “he's definitely not a rocket scientist.” The actual meanings are: “I am feeling well,” and “he is not smart.” Litotes were used frequently in Old English Poetry and Literature, and can be found in the English, Russian, German, Dutch and French languages.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/02/2013 - 19:58
Are these posts monitored

Does anyone know if the posts on this site are monitored? I am considering using this in my classroom, so I want to make sure that the posts are monitored.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 22:11
Yes

All comments are reviewed before being added to the site.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 21:44
Literary Devices used in Three Men in a Boat

Which Literary Devices are used in Three Men in a Boat?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 20:25
What literary device is this?

Time can be a greedy thing- sometimes it steals all the details for itself.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 04:06
personification

personification

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 19:09
I can't remember..

Last year in school I learned about a literary device that I cannot remember the name of. It's when the author uses the name of a brand in their novel. Brand, Store Name, etc. Basically, anything of that sort.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 23:58
allusion

An allusion is a figure of speech whereby the author refers to a subject matter such as a place, event, or literary work by way of a passing reference. It is up to the reader to make a connection to the subject being mentioned.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 16:04
I can't remember the term!

What is the term for when the meaning of a word is reflected within the sentence in which it is stated?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 09:59
is it context clues?

is it context clues?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 00:00
What literary device is

What literary device is this?
"I could feel her eyes open"

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 17:53
Mimicry

Is mimicry a lit. device?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 21:16
What literary device is this???????

"our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor,"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 01:58
REPETITION is often used as a

REPETITION is often used as a way to add strength and emphasis.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/28/2013 - 04:03
literary device

What literary device is this?
Lawless freedom

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/12/2013 - 14:31
oxymoron

oxymoron

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 21:03
what literary devices are used?

what literary devices are used in pick up your room, my mother says, she says it every day, my room's too heavy to pick up, that's what I always say

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 01:05
what is contrast?

what is contrast?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 00:44
That is good vs. That is not bad.

What is it called when you replace a concept with the negation of the opposite?

He is tall vs. He is not short.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 23:14
good vs. not bad

I'd call it litote or understatement. It's the difference between saying that someone isn't ugly and saying that he or she is good-looking.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:58
What literary device would this use?

When somebody is being stabbed multiple times through various parts of their body and the quote says "The knife kept coming out clean". What sort of a reference is this? How does this denote innocence.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 09:10
Parabole; Hyperbole; expand contract WHAT?

What is it called when u start a speech on one subject then through association meander through a few other subjects getting farther away from the original subject until within 5 or 6 degrees of association you find yourself right back at your original subject forming a neat circle of ideas that topically may not seem to share any correlation but in fact are all related?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 05:48
Stream of consciousness,

Stream of consciousness, perhaps?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 20:48
what literary devices is in this line?

She dwelt among the untrodden way.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 15:56
What literary device is this?

It's from The Odyssey:

"Inhabited this sunny shore"

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 01:02
english

what is meant by it was quiet,for the wind had dropped even in that high place,and susan swayed backwards and forwards drinking in the peace

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 00:04
What is this literary device?

"dipping her pen in the sunlight" is what literary device?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 05:34

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