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    1. Analyze the stylistic value of the literary devices in the poem:
      How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
      I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
      My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
      For the ends of being and ideal grace.
      I love thee to the level of every day’s
      Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
      I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
      I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
      I love thee with the passion put to use
      In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
      I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
      With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
      Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
      I shall but love thee better after death.

  1. “come take my life and my soul when I’m not eve old”
    what literary device is being used in this sentence?

  2. Plastic smiles she flaunts as nothing no longer feels the same
    Resting in peace, taking a dirt nap; toes turned upside down.
    The one who always stood up for her is no longer standing.
    Death possessed a key for their home; which unlocked the master bedroom.

    Tears have dried up like the Grand Canyon
    Memories keep repeating through her dreams,
    All she ponders is the way this could’ve been forestalled.
    Was it her issue? Would she be able to have recently brought the transport back home that
    day?
    Did that drunkard truly need to get behind the wheels?

    Yet, that is Death’s usual methodology,
    It respects no man. Even those whose hearts are as clean as a whistle.
    This made her contemplate about the afterlife.
    Will daddy rest soundly around evening time without his fortunate cushion?
    How will mum take this?

    Their relationship was never a walk in the park, however not generally so
    horrifying as that accident scene.
    Her gloomy eyes filled with tears, that fell from her wrinkled face,
    was unbearable to watch as she clinched her weary hands together.

    She blinked once. She blinked twice
    And just like that, death unlocked their home again.
    There was never a third blink from her eyes.
    Death comes in threes! Death struck again.

    Death is the crown of all stealers!
    This thief tactlessly took them!
    Was she to change the locks on her door?
    Was her door next to be opened?

    Can you find metaphor, simile, personification, metonymy, apostrophe, three types of imagery, alliteration, symbol, shift and connotation.

  3. Is “all i do is fall to my knees, felled by the words that could deliver such a knockout blow,” personification?

  4. ‘You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.’ What literary device is being used?

  5. What literary devices are the following;
    #1.”That the dirt in which it wallows comfortably is to be preferred”.
    #2.” It’s delights had diminished in my eyes”.
    #3.” Flowing lazily between the stems and roots of giant areas”.
    #4.” And did the people need anyone to feed them”.
    #5.” Progress” to move like a baby.

  6. 1. Desert rivers
    2. Waters mightier than voltage
    3. Lie hid from glare of sun
    4. How silly man laughs the rose
    5. He was cold and stiff

    What literary device are they? Thanks

  7. in a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to yell What kind of rhetorical devices is used?

  8. “Eddie whacked the rail so hard with his cane almost snapped it in two. “MOVE IT!” The teens ran away”(Albom 8).
    What literary device is this?

  9. Tell me what literary term this is explain it good and how you know

    “I heard him whine a little at the end of his plea. But then, maybe it was just the wind.”

    1. Anastrophe – where the writer reverses traditional sentence structure. Subject, Adjective becomes Adjective, Subject- using the adjective before the subject. Basically the way Yoda talks.
      Eg;
      “powerful, you have become”

  10. what type of figure language is he ate too much over the holidays, so he to quit cold cold turkey.
    also
    what type of figure language is the which if you with patient ears attend/ what hear shall miss our toil shall strive to mend

  11. what’s it called when someone makes a promise/ swears something to be true, “I’m serious” or “It’s the truth”
    Orcos?

  12. I’ve heard jokes about authors using a phrase like “and in the distance, a dog barked” to cap off a profound paragraph (or even a not-so profound one). Recently I read a novel by a first-time author who actually used that phrase along with many other similar ones throughout the story (one was something like “and a turtle scuttled under a bush”). It was as though she needed these to punctuate what had just been spoken (or thought) but why? Does the use of such off-the-subject comments fall under one of the literary devices? And what is the purpose?

      1. Yes,it is used here as an imagery as the writer is making us to create a visual that there was a dusky bunker where the writer was writing his thoughts.

  13. What literary device is used here: That’s the way it goes. When our finger hurts, it makes the rest of the body hurt too.

  14. Identify the literary device below.

    Something was wrong inside me, and its location was murky, like the origins of the Hmong home long, long ago and far, far away.

  15. 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.

    1. also, there is poetic verse with the rhymes with “sun” – “done”, “shrill”-“till”, “me”-“tree”

  16. 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. It depends on the context but i think is is a methaphor because the author is comparing the people to young angels.

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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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’.

  20. 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.”

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

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

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

  23. 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. Out of your comfortable basin and back into this madhouse!”
      what literarry/stylistic device is this?

      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.

  24. “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?

  25. What doe this mean “The wind sang softly to the trees at dusk. We knew we had to get home.”

  26. Heaving mountain in the sea,
    Whale, I hear you
    Grieving.
    What literary device is “Heaving mountain”?

  27. what kind of literary device is “If you want love, you gon’ have to go through the pain.”

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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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