Questions and Answers

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    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’.

  1. 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.”

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

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

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

  4. 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?

  5. “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?

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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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