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WHAT'S THE NAME OF THE LITERARY DEVICE USED IN THIS LINE? ->

"Have clapped my hands at him..."
Where him refers to a bird.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 01:46
Locket, and other locket-like device examples

What would you say the most famous, widely recognizable, examples of lockets used in story as an element of mystery, to lead to the conclusion of the story?
- Children recognized;
- Adult recognized;
Lockets, rings, or other object.
-Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 17:17
More that two point of views in one story

My student asked me this question, if there is a literary term for having partial omniscient point of view and partially limited point of views. For example , in the protagonist i will have an omniscient p.o.v. knowing his thoughts etc, but for the antagonist I will only have third limited, I will not know his thoughts. And so on for other characters. Some I will know their thoughts, and some I wont. So is there a literary term for that ? She said she heard of this term before, but forgot what it is called. Can anyone help me? Thank you in advance...

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 19:08
The natures of literature

What is literature is language, aesthetic, fictional, true, and affective . thank you

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/19/2015 - 14:49
Please Help!!What Literary Device

Made my skin feel more like skin

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/19/2015 - 01:46
HELP!!! Please!! What Device is used??

“Let me go back to yesterday when this town was full of miners and shopkeepers, clerks and accountants,school children and farmers, husband and wives sons and daughter”

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/11/2015 - 12:03
Drama

What is the five types of drama

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/12/2015 - 19:44
I see the questions in your

I see the questions in your eyes uses what poetry term?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 02:53
What Literary Device is this?

Keep your head in the game.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 02:51
idiom

idiom

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 16:41
Help! What literary device is this?

Understand with your heart. Is that synesthesia?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/04/2015 - 21:06
Answer is.....

Bibliomancy, look this phrase up it in google it'll say the same thing, its also from the bible, idk any other literary devices but you can us this since it's a portion from the bible.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 16:08
What is a literary element in this quote?

“’For now, time doesn’t exist. It is, what did Jacques say . . . fluid?’
‘Fluid,’ I repeat, like an incantation. Because if time can be fluid, then maybe something that is just one day can go on indefinitely.’”

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 23:33
If not Aphorism what is it?

"He was on that like a chicken on Junebug!"

"He'll shine like Saltpeter crystals in a ddung heap."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 13:29
Everyone's around, no words

Everyone's around, no words are coming now
what literary device is used

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 19:45
Try syntax or aphorism

Try syntax or aphorism

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/26/2015 - 15:16
what is this

Lay your mind to rest ? Wat kind of style is this

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 18:51
Wow that was the best concert ever!

What literay device is this?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/21/2015 - 03:29
Depending on the context, it

Depending on the context, it could be a sarcastic tone or enthusiastic tone.

Away from that you have the jargon of Wow and the use of the exclamation mark and positive connotations.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/26/2015 - 15:18
Literary device??

Isnt love any fun? what is the literary device

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 06:15
What device is used?

"When misfortune entered the Orellano’s house sowing such a crop of death that thirty years were required to reap it."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 02:43
What literary device is this????!!!!!

"Death rushed in preventing collapse" from the poem The Sleep of Adam by John Hejduk

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 01:54
I think its a personification

I think its a personification

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 15:08
What literary device is this????!!!!!

it is an anthropomorphism (I would know, I have a PHD in Language Arts and am also a professor at UCLA.)

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 01:02
What is it?

I need to know what a literary device IS. I get the definitions and stuff, but I need one solid definition with simple words.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/11/2015 - 05:40
What literary device is used in these quotes?

These quotes are out of the book 'Lord of the Flies'written by William Golding. Can someone please help me find what literary device is used in each and how/ why it has been used.

“…A conch he called it…”
“…Give ‘em back! I can hardly see…”
“…There was no Piggy to talk sense”

“Jack’s in charge of the choir, they can be – what do you want them to be?”
‘By the time Ralph finished blowing the conch the platform was crowded’
“I am chief and you are going to listen to what I say. You talk. But you can’t even build huts- then you go off hunting and let out the fire”

“I agree with Ralph. We’ve got to have rules and obey them…”
“Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Bash him in!”- repeated
“Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”- repeated

Thankyou

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 09:34
I have this book too. I am

I have this book too. I am doing literature with this!

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 15:09
What literary device is this

Or maybe I'm remembering it wrong. Maybe even then, when I saw Tommy rushing about that field, undisguised delight on his face to be accepted back in the fold again, about to play the game at which he so excelled, maybe I did feel a little stab of pain. What I do remember is that I noticed Tommy was wearing the light blue polo shirt he'd got in the Sales the previous month–the one he was so proud of. I remember thinking: “He's really stupid, playing football in that. It'll get ruined, then how's he going to feel?” Out loud, I said, to no one in particular: “Tommy's got his shirt on. His favourite polo shirt.”

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 08:22
One by One

Would the phrase "one by one" be considered any sort of literary term?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:52
Idiom

Idiom

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/18/2015 - 16:33
What 2 literary devices here?!?! ASAP

"Of course they soon came down after him, hooting and hallooing, and hunting among the trees."

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/23/2015 - 19:42
Answer to your question

I'm definitely seeing some alliteration here, I'm not absolutely sure what the other device may be...perhaps...Anarchism, or...asyndeton?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:31
help

HELP ASAP
what literary element is this

"She had crossed to the other side. She was part of the land. She was wearing her culottes, her pink sweater and a necklace of human tongues. She was dangerous. She was ready for the kill."

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:29
Repetition of she, metaphor

Repetition of she, metaphor (she was part of the land), metaphor - ready for the kill (unless she actually is going to kill someone

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 14:07
what literary term is this?! ASAP

"But i draw a veil over a scene which can better be imagined than described"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:58
looking for a literary term

Is there a specific literary term for (and I hope I can explain this clearly!) a word that is used that is not a REAL word, but is a part of a word used for effect? Eg. there are winners and losers, but in a game that ends in a tie: Tie-er

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/13/2015 - 16:08
the story takes place in boston during the late1700s

what literary is it ? need answer fast please

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 23:34
Epilogue or anecdote

Epilogue or anecdote

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/26/2015 - 15:14
onomatopoeia

examples please

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 13:28
Onimonapias

Boom, bang, crash, splash, ploop, dong...

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/11/2015 - 05:42
thato

scream,crash, shout, rato

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 09:00
boom bang crash pop

hope those are right !

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 23:35
its the sounds things

its the sounds things make

bee-buzz
mouse of keyboard-click
punch someone-pow

etc, etc

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 02:16
I NEED YOUR ANSWERS ASAP AS IN NOW!

Are literary devices, literary symbols and literary elements the same?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/12/2015 - 15:38
HELP!! any literary terms in

HELP!! any literary terms in here

You were too bad for a little square town,
With your hip-hop hat and your pants on the ground,
Heard you cussed out mama, pushed daddy around
Before you tore off in his car

Here you are running these dirty old streets
Tattoo on your neck, fake gold on your teeth
Got the hood here snowed, but you can't fool me
We both know who you are

Homeboy, you're gonna wish one day,
That you were sittin' on a gate of a truck by the lake
With your high school flame on one side, ice cold beer on the other
Ain't no shame in a blue collar forty,
Little house, little kid, little small town story
If you don't ever do anything else for me,
Just do this for me brother,
Come on home, boy.

I was haulin' this hay to Uncle Joe's farm,
Thought of us barefoot kids in the yard,
Man, it seems we were just catchin' snakes in the barn
Now you're caught up in this mess
I could use a little help unloading these bales
I could keep you pretty busy with a hammer and nails
Ain't a glamorous life but it will keep you outta jail,
Not worry us all to death

Homeboy, you're gonna wish one day,
That you were sittin' on a gate of a truck by the lake
With your high school flame on one side, ice cold beer on the other
Ain't no shame in a blue collar forty,
Little house, little kid, little small town story
If you don't ever do anything else for me, just do this for me brother,
Come on home, boy,
Come on home, boy

You can't hold back the hands of time,
Mama's goin' grey, and so is daddy's mind
I wish you'd come on back and make it all right
Before they're called home, boy

Homeboy
Come on home, boy
Homeboy
Come on home, boy.

Read more: Eric Church - Homeboy Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 02:08
In the book Night, What is the literary term in this passage?

The weather was sublime. My mother was busy in the
kitchen. The synagogues were no longer open. People gathered
in private homes: no need to provoke the Germans.
Almost every rabbi's home became a house of prayer. 5
We drank, we ate, we sang. The Bible commands us to rejoice
during the eight days of celebration, but our hearts were not in it.
We wished the holiday would end so as not to have to pretend.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 02:37
Parallel Structure?

I'm pretty sure that "We drank, we ate, we sang." is parallel structure.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 00:46
What literacy device is being used

Theodore Whirled and grabbed Stanley by his collar '' my James not qThee-o-dore'' he said its armpit he Thébes Stanley to the ground

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 15:55
What literary device is being used?

Through the house one heard her strides

First dusting shelves and watering blooms

Prowling and penned through a rehearsed life.

But the sealed mind was the unrestrained wave.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 22:15
Literary Devices

Which Literary is this? " It's so hard to say goodbye "

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 01:58

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