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  1. THE DUST is thick along the road;
    The fields are scorching in the sun;
    My wife has ever a bitter word
    To greet me when the day is done.

    The neighbors rest beside the gate
    But half their words are high and shrill.
    My son is over-young to help;
    The fields are very hard to till.

    But in the dusk I raise my eyes—
    The poet’s words come back to me:
    “In the moon there is a white jade gate
    Shadowed cool by a cassia tree.”

    i need to find 3 poetic devices.

  2. What literary device is this: “You will be the young angels of
    our revolution, you will rescue mankind”?
    Is it a hyperbole? or something else

    1. I think there is alliteration in it:to their unwitnessed end. “to their” is repetition of consonant sounds they both start with “t”

  3. What literary device is used in this sentence (these deeds must not be thought…..so it will make us mad.)
    (1)metaphor
    (2)irony
    (3)chiasmus
    (4)Fore shadowing

  4. What literary device is used in this sentence?

    “The gray-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night,
    Checkering the eastern clouds with streaks of light”

    A) Irony
    B) Onomatopeiea
    C) Personification
    D)Simile

  5. these are some sentences that I have and need to know what Literary Device it is

    (#1) “The earth was broken. Too much taking for too damn long, so she finally broke”

    (#2) “Isaac didn’t have grandparents who’d told residential school stories like campfire
    tales to scare you into acting right, stories about men and women who promised
    themselves to God only and then took whatever they wanted from the children,
    especially at night”

    (#3) “Stories about a book that was like a vacuum, used to suck the language right
    out of your lungs. And I didn’t have time to share them, not now”

    (#4). “Outside the sky was full of lights, blue and red reflecting off the clouds and the
    trees and the sides of our cottage

    1. (#1) “The earth was broken:Personification.Too much taking for too damn long, so she:alliteration

      (#2) “Isaac didn’t have grandparents who’d told residential school stories:alliteration “school stories”repitition of consonant sounds. like campfire
      tales to scare you into acting right, stories about men and women who promised
      themselves to God only and then took:alliteration”then took”repitition of consonant sounds. whatever they wanted from the children,
      especially at night”

      (#3) “Stories about a book that was like a vacuum:I think it is simile because of the like. used to suck the language right
      out of your lungs. And I didn’t have time to share them, not now”:alliteration “not now” repetition of consonant sounds

      (#4). “Outside the sky was full of lights, blue and red reflecting off the clouds and the
      trees:alliteration “the trees”repitition of consonant sounds. and the sides of our cottage

    1. It is considered simile. There is a comparison between how your smiles are and how your hope is. it also makes use of the word ‘as’.

  6. There is a specific name for this literary device and I cannot recall it. It was coined by an author… it is not “irony” or “foreshadowing.”

    It is the term to describe the event when a person carelessly speaks a hard truth without comprehending the weight of their own words. It is often prophetic. For instance…

    In Star Wars Episode Two, Obiwan Kanobi says of Anakin Skywalker “That boy will be the death of me.”

    In History Of The World part one, The Count DeMonet explains to Mel Brooks that he will will impersonate the king and go to the gallows in his place. Brooks says “Oh, I get it.”

  7. is their a literary technique being used in the following statement..
    “Granddad was drunk on his own power”

  8. What type of literary device is the following statements:

    “Trouble has toned down the vulgarity”
    “trouble has done her good”

  9. what kind of figurative language is this “The wind sang softly to the trees at dusk. We knew we had to get home.” What figurative term is being used here?

      1. What is the literary device in the following expressions,
        “Lie hid from the glare of sun.”
        “Without a sound,they gush into bowels of seas.”
        “Far,far away from unaided human eyes.”

        The lines are from Desert Rivers by Lade Worsonu.

  10. “I do beseech you that by your virtuous means i may again exist, and be member of his love whom I, with all the office of my heart Entirely honor. I would not be delayed. (Act 3, scene 4 Line 105-114)
    What literary device is being used here?

  11. “The wind sang softly to the trees at dusk. We knew we had to get home.” What figurative term is being used here? *

  12. What is it called when a title of a piece is not really what the piece is about, or contradicts the message of the piece? You see this in satire and parody. Here’ s an off the top of my head example. Title: How To Build a Better Mousetrap. And the article is about how you can’t really build a better mousetrap. Is this a literary device?
    Thanks for this website, I just discovered it.

  13. If a text has a problem and they provide a solution then they support their solution with solution that have worked in the past, what literary device would this be. Would it be flashback or allusion, or something entirely different.

    1. Hmmm. I think the “dominant literary device” might be at the beginning in the reference to her movement. But I can’t think of the name of the device.

    1. An idiom is a common expression that native speakers of a language use where the words may not tell you the actual meaning. For example “I’m all ears”, does not mean you a made up ears but means you are listening. Or if you say “He quit cold turkey”, it means the person a stopped a habit abruptly not that he no longer eats turkey cold.

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