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d first paragraphs uses personification cox an inanimate object is being giving the quality of an animate

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:46
Figurative language

What kind of figurative language is I may not and I cannot go home; and imight not, could not, would not, and should not go home

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/07/2015 - 02:42
allusion

allusion

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/10/2015 - 05:13
help me please

what type of literary device is tired, I seen the bright get duller, where blood comes from, don't matter if your black or white or if you have anymore literary device's for the song ;black or white; by Michael Jackson

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/29/2015 - 06:07
When you compare 2 words for example :

we realise the importance of light when we see darkness

What literary device is that ?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 18:17
literary device

it is synesthesia cox it is the representation of ideas of two different kinds.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:41
what lterary device is used to compare distance and time

what lterary device is used to compare distance and time

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 02:31
what SD is this one

clouda so sombre, and rain so penetrating

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/21/2015 - 19:06
Frame analysis of literary works

How to use frame analysis for analyzing the literary text? Is there any book about it?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:41
help

what kind of retorical figure would this fall under: they came with teeth like panthers.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:16
Simile

simply as simile because of the word "like"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/22/2015 - 12:40
What would the quote from

What would the quote from Rainer Maria Rilke, "see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart" be is that personification

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 01:04
Is this an Alliteration?? HELPP

And you just know he knows he knows

If it's not then what literary device it is??

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/15/2015 - 00:02
The literary device here is repetition

The literary device here is repetition because he knows repeats itself

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/16/2015 - 07:05
what literary device iused here?

Oh God, when will I propound my own theory?

Pleese, what literary device is this?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 16:56
What is the literary device?

Now there was a sharp pain of remembering him.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 03:24
characterization

what is the characterization for the book thanksgiving treat

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 00:28
why we use antithesis

why we use antithesis

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 14:57
metaphors

Is this a metaphor or simile
Love you like a brother
Treat you like a friend
Respect you like a lover

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 02:53
simile

simile

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/29/2015 - 17:41
it is a simile. similes use

it is a simile.
similes use 'like' or 'as'.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:49
What literary device is used

What literary device is used in "cool cooler?"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 16:55
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

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