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How do we answer literature passages and poems using literary devices

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:38
literature

you firstly have to understand the subject or theme and then you critically appreciating by noticing the lliterary devices and employ them in line with the essence of the writer in using them....

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:18
Zoot Suit Riot

How is the truth about what happened the night of the raid revealed

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/28/2015 - 23:10
What literary device is being

What literary device is being used below?

"When stings are over it turns to pain"

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:46
"oh, Kinsmen! we must meet

"oh, Kinsmen! we must meet the common foe."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 21:43
these wall have ears

is it a methphor, personification, hyperbole or cliche

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/21/2015 - 22:11
these walls have ears

It is clearly a personification,(something non-human given human attributes).

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 21:40
Personification

Personification

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:34
literary devices

roared into life.
if I turned back now, what would I tell my husband.
what are the literary devices

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 20:16
What literary device

In T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi" he states "With the voices singing in our ears, saying that this was all folly."

What literary device is used when using positive imagery to convey a negative message?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/14/2015 - 03:42
is "mask of blood" symbolism,

is "mask of blood" symbolism, imagery, an idiom??

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 03:36
"mask of blood"

i'd say imagery(it paints a picture in your mind: so you'd be looking at someone with a face so bloody that it looks like a mask.)

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:10
Help

What are some literary terms associated with suspense???

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:01
help

Well, I would suggest FORESHADOWING.

Foreshadowing means 'using hints or clues to suggest what will happen later; builds suspense.'

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:22
??????

Abraham Lincoln
His hand and pen
He will be good but
God knows when

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:01
help

what literary devices are used in Geronimo Stilton treasure hunt in Venice

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:25
"My face turned pale as deadly pale" what literary device?

"My face turned pale as deadly pale" what literary device?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 19:24
it's someone attempting to

it's someone attempting to write a simile, but failing because they are literally comparing one thing to itself. "my face turned deathly pale" would be much easier and normal to say.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/18/2015 - 02:43
First Love by John Clare.

What literary device are used in this poem:-
1. I ne’er was struck before that hour
2. With love so sudden and so sweet,
3. Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
4. And stole my heart away complete.
5. My face turned pale as deadly pale,
6. My legs refused to walk away,
7. And when she looked, what could I ail?
8. My life and all seemed turned to clay

9. And then my blood rushed to my face
10. And took my eyesight quite away,
11. The trees and bushes round the place
12. Seemed midnight at noonday.
13. I could not see a single thing,
14. Words from my eyes did start
15. They spoke as chords do from the string,
16. And blood burnt round my heart.

17. Are flowers the winter’s choice?
18. Is love’s bed always snow?
19. She seemed to hear my silent voice,
20. Not love's appeals to know.
21. I never saw so sweet a face
22. As that I stood before.
23. My heart has left its dwelling-place
24. And can return no more.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 18:03
what literary device is being used here

" you'd have strength if you had god"

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/11/2015 - 00:51
What is the literary device in this lyrics

A million miles away
Your signal in the distance
To whom it may concern

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 20:51
Gobble

What literary device is the phrase "gobbled up by greed."

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:32
I think the literary devices

I think the literary devices are personification and alliteration.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 02:53
well it's personification,

well it's personification, because greed can't literally gobble you up, and it's also alliteration.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 02:52
Re: Gobble

I think the literary device is personification.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/06/2014 - 22:26
Too Tall & Shorty

A man standing 5'6" is nicknamed 'Too Tall' and a man standing 6'5" is called 'Shorty'. What are these examples of?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/29/2014 - 20:07
no, not irony

Irony is the difference between appearance and reality. Nobody who is 5'6" would ever look like they were too tall.

i'm pretty sure that it's an oxymoron. An oxymoron is a statement where two parts seem contradictory. For example 'a wise fool', or 'sad joy'.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:29
too tall and shorty

i think irony

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/07/2014 - 21:27
What is it???

Which literary device is this if it is.

“But the evil is seen and alive in us”

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:07
If I had to guess....

If I had to guess, I would probably say personification, but I'm not actually entirely certain on that.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:51
“Sharp clarity and the

“Sharp clarity and the vagueness off a dream”. is an example of which device?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:42
What does this mean????

One can have a full gas tank and an empty trash can or... an empty gas tank and a full trash can?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:28
you can eat and fill your

you can eat and fill your trash can or you can pay for gas and not fill your trash... it is a joke about gas prices

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:23
what device

Cursed missed opportunities.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:59
repetition in books

What is it called when the first and last word of a book are the same?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:05
What literary device is "gobbled up by greed"

Please tell me what literary device is "gobbled up by Greed"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:26
answer

personification.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 23:01
Gobbled up by greed

It's means they are setting aside what is important and going for what they want and not what they need.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:09
Can someone HELP please What

Can someone HELP please
What literary device is used in following quote

"Your imagination is paralyzed"

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:20
personification

persn like qualities

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:57
HELP AND FAST

Is a verse a literary devise ? need HELP

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/13/2014 - 06:03
yes it is

Verse
Definition:
The literary term ‘verse’ is used to refer to any single, lone line of a poetry composition. A metrical writing line is known as verse. The word can however, also refer to a stanza or any other part of the poetry.
Example:
A single line or stanza in poetry would be an example of verse.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 21:46
Help

What literary device(e) is/are attached to this sentence: "And she sailed up from the front steps, with her classic "if Mr. FInch don't wear you out, I will, Sir".

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 17:56
Need help.

What literary device is this? - "Listen, I listen to the thunderous twang of the mighty bow"
Twang being the main word.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/09/2014 - 16:48
Maybe ...................................................?

I think it is imagery

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/16/2014 - 03:21
What literary device is this

So many sets of dying eyes

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:49
HELP

so trapped no where to turn

wat literary device??

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:27
ANS

I think it may be a hyperbole.:()

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/09/2014 - 04:54
What kind of device is this ?

"...underlined and circled in red. I am Canadian." What literary device is this?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:49
Help Quick, pls & thnk u!

"Gobbled up by greed" ??

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:52

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