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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
Secrets...

Is this any type of literary device...
" I will tell the secret to you,
to you only you.
Come closer..."

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 05:18
whats the name of the litarary devices

1.The wise fool was burning my vegetarian hamburger.
2.The clever yet quiet king thought a very long time before he gave his answer.
3.At very beginning of the story,the sun shone and smiled down on the flowers in the fields.
4.While she watched her children leaving on the train, she had a bitter sweet feeling in her heart.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 05:22
reading

Infer the theme of a word and explain how it is conveyed

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 20:19
What literary tool is this?

What literary tool is this? "LIfe is not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, the you're gonna watch your lif ego by without ya."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 21:03
English

Does the song Just The Way You Are By Bruno Mars have any literary devices ?o:

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 08:48
what literary device is this?

“ they begged her to go live with her godmother; when she refused, the townspeople formed crews to rebuild the house

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 06:15
Liking the protagonist - DEVICE?

Is there a literary device which makes the reader like the protagonist (like the goodie and hate the baddie) ??

thank you!

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/26/2013 - 23:43
bias

bias

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 14:27
Does " You have my heart."

Does " You have my heart." have any Literary Devices in it??

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 01:44
What literary device is this

What literary device is this quote? "As the summit of the mountains feels the quaking of the earth."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 23:29
transfered apithet

if anyone know about this literary device please clearify it

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 18:45
what literary device is this?

when a novel displays a paragraph of dialogue without informing the reader who is saying which lines... what literary device goes along with that?

for example...

"Maybe he was already gone."

"He wasn't"

"But maybe"

"No I could feel it. He wasn't."

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 02:11
Anecdotes?

what are anecdotes it's not on the list :|?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 14:29
anecdotes

An anecdote is a short narrative. In persuasive writing anecdotes are used to influence the reader by appealing to her/his emotions.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 22:07
What literary device is "

What literary device is " that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love"

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/23/2012 - 04:09
Personification

you're giving a non-living element human traits.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 05:05
What literary device is being

What literary device is being used when saying "a taste of freedom"

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 19:41
poem

"Shepherds swains shall" is an example of what literary device?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:55
alliteration

alliteration

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/27/2013 - 00:29
Question

What is it called when the main character in a novel asks questions or talks to ones self. Kind of like a soliloquy but in a novel. Help please!

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 04:01
VERBAL IRONY

What is Verbal Irony?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/29/2012 - 23:29
What is verbal irony?

The speaker says one thing , but means something else.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 00:08
Verbal Irony

Verbal Irony is when a character says something that is the opposite of what they mean. A form of verbal irony is sarcasm, which is normally used specifically to be insulting, rude, or condescending. An example of sarcasm would be to say "Hey genius," when talking to someone who is not a genius. An example of plain verbal irony would be to say "This is wonderful," right after an event that is not wonderful.

To be clear, while all sarcasm is verbal irony, not all verbal irony is sarcasm. Sarcasm is specifically used in a more negative sense, while non-sarcastic verbal irony is simply saying the opposite of what you mean.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/20/2012 - 01:15
which devise is this!?!?!?

Swear to shake it up, if you swear to listen

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 05:05
even if the skys get rough??

is this any kind of literary devise? if so, which??

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 04:28
What literary device is this?

No wonder you’re flunking the hell out of here… You don’t do one damn thing the way you’re supposed to. I mean it. Not one damn thing”

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/23/2012 - 02:13
literary device?

justice bends the arrow at your heart, and strains the bow, and it is nothing but the mere pleasure of God
what literary device is this?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/29/2012 - 19:57
literary device

what literary devices are use in the statement "This store is going to make me lose my lunch"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/27/2012 - 00:36
Literary Devices used in Hymns

Im trying to do a research project on hymns of Charles Wesley and I need to know what kind of literary devices are used in hymns!

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 20:43

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