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Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 15:33
Which literary device is this?

Which literary device can be used to describe when an author uses the relationship between two characters in a story to relate to the relationship between two characters in another story?

For example, a story that compares two characters' relationship to the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 04:08
allusion

This is most definitely an allusion, no doubts.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:33
What device is this

1987: The two girls in the blue dresses stand there as they stare at there father hanging, dead.
2003: Brianna and Ashleigh cry as their mother tells them the news of their father hanging himself.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:18
Need extremely help!

a slumber did my spirit seal;
i had no human fears:
she seemed a thing that could not feel
the touch of earthly years.

What is the 2 devices in this poem?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:36
another idea

The author also utilises truncated sentances

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 11:48
Answer!!!!!

The answer to your question is : Rhythm & Rhyme; and Rhyme Scheme.

(If this answer is wrong please correct me. )

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:26
what literary device is this?

Switching back and forth between years

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:27
Metaphor?

Is ''He is a car encyclopedia'' a metaphor?
If not, what literary device is this?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:39
well known poets/ metaphor

can you give me a well-known example of metaphor in poetry and describe the impact of this device?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:31
is this imagery? if not imagery, what is it?

so much to do, so little time to do it

thanks so much

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:25
Imagery

Hyperbole: this is the example used on this website for hyperbole: “I am so tired I cannot walk another inch” or “I’m so sleepy I might fall asleep standing here”.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:59
Imagery

This is not imagery. Imagery creates a picture in your mind. Like using describing words help with creating imagery. Although I'm not sure what this is, I just know it isn't imagery. :)

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:14
Imagery

Yes, I will back that up, it is not an imagery.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:35
Homework Help

I really need help and this assignment is due tomorrow! Here it is: "The daisy hugging the earth/ in August, ha!"

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:35
What type of literary device is this

He worked himself to death

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:35
hyperbole

the device is hyperbole because theres exaggeration

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:39
what is this

"She stalked instead of walked."

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:16
answer

onomatopoeia

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:36
Another Answer

It could also be Internal Rhyme, right?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:23
Help

What are 2 pros for using literary devices and 2 cons for using literary devices ??

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:39
What device is this?

Our youth need to swim and survive against the tsunami of hip-hop with the life jacket of soca and reggae

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:41
Is this an example of ? Please don't respond with illiteracy.

Knowledge is reason enough for me?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:08
illietracy :P

illietracy :P

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:47
whats the literary device in this....

m trying to find what would the EXACT literary device be for this one....
LIGHT BREEZE..... SOFT SUNLIGHT.... OMNIPRESENT SILENCE....
*i think they all fall in the same category... but m not sure..
first i thought 'bout personification.. but then... it states attributing human value... nd i dont think light nd soft would be counted to be human values... or do they..??
i also found some more like... reification nd anthropomorphism..... but then again.. they too state bout attributing human values.....
Plz help me get the right nd exact literary device for them.....

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/27/2014 - 16:04
yes, i think it is personification

First, I don't think that it's imagery. Imagery paints a picture in your mind. These phrases don't' make a picture; because a breeze that is light, and a soft sunlight, and omnipresent silence don't look like anything.

I'm telling you that these are personifications because light and soft are human descriptions. For example, 'soft as a baby's skin', people say all the time that their skin is soft. For example, 'her hair is light brown' or 'she's so light, I could carry her with one arm'.

Omnipresent on the other hand is a attribute of God, not humans. So that is a personification in spiritual terms.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:45
Imagery

I'd say it's pure and simple imagery

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 11:51
Personification

My black steelnwool hair .....is that personification?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 02:00
no

no

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:22
whats the literary device here

"trends in California usually knock on Canada's doors a few years later"

wondering about the "knocking on Canada's doors" part

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:05
personification

personification

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:47
Is there a literary device for this?

Is there a literary device when a book mentions songs with some meaning to the story when analyzing? What is it called when an author does that?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:21
What is it called when there

What is it called when there is a break in a story that tells you factual information.

eg. My dear Biddy, I have forgotten nothing in my life that ever had a foremost place there, and little that ever had any place there. But that poor dream , as I once used to call it, has gone by Biddy, all but gone by.
Dickens originally added just two more paragraphs here to end the novel. Friends who were dissatisfied with that ending, however, convinced him to write a new, longer ending. the original ending is on page 667. what followed here is the new ending.
Nevertheless, ...

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:09
a flashback?

This might be a flashback.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:48
I am trying to write this

I am trying to write this paper and i need to find a literary device that has some one hidden in the book/short story and then later comes up and shows him/herself. I can't really think of how to explain this, but i was wondering if there was a literary device for any of that. Kind of like foreshadowing.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:41
same

i have the same problem i ned help to find out what a Literacy device is.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:55
What is the Literary Device?

I see the anaphora obviously, and the asyndeton, but what about switching the adjectives into their abstract noun part of speech:

The voice is not merely soft, not merely sincere, not merely considerate, not merely kind—it is the essence of softness, sincerity, consideration and kindness.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 05:31
" oink and moo" are examples of?

a. repetition
b. an allusion
c. an onomatopoeia
d. an assonance

HERE'S THE CHOICES PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:11
it is so C

All you have to do is look up what each of those mean. It is more than obvious. Onomatopoeia is when you create a word that will describe a sound that someone or something has made.

For example, thunder is onomatopoeia, it is the sound that lightning makes.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:52
Easy

C

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:24
C.-onnmatopeia

C.-onnmatopeia

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 04:05
the answer is "c"

the answer is "c" (onomatopoeia)

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 02:01
Literary device?

"No matter in what labor camp they slave, no matter in what injustice they're trapped, they hear our call, they see out light, and they feel the pull of our freedom."

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 02:35
help

what is "They never tell you any more truth than they have to"? And what literary term is being used here?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:48
help

that they'll keep it plain and simple.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 20:16
Can this be considered a literary device?

(if so, which one(s)?)
"The Lackses challenged everything I thought I knew about faith, science, journalism, and race."

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:07
Literary Devices? Can You find any?

The fields of Hughly held him,
The land where he was born.
With fence to mend and cows to tend
And care of wheat and corn
He had no lief to wander
Beyond his place of birth,
But often he would ponder
The luring lands of earth

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:51
alliteration & meter are the

alliteration & meter are the ones i know for sure

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 02:05
What literary device is this?

"She even sang to herself while she cooked those eggs to the brink of burndom."
I'm pretty sure that this is a literary device since burndom is not a real word, but I've been having trouble trying to figure out what it is.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:24
Multiple answers

the word burndom is a "portmanteau".

There are two alliterations on the "S" and the "B"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 05:38

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