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Literary Devices and Literary Terms - The Complete List

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theconversation Homer’s Iliad is usually thought of as the first work of European literature, and many would say, the greatest. It tells part of the saga of the city of Troy and the war that took place there. In fact the Iliad takes its name from “Ilios”, an ancient Greek word for “Troy”, situated in what is Turkey today. This story had a central place in Greek mythology. The poem deals with a very short period in the tenth year of the Trojan war. Extracts from the diary of Anne Frank (1942-44) The following extracts are taken from the diary of Anne Frank between 1942 and 1944, when she lived in hiding in Amsterdam with her family. The Franks were discovered, arrested and transported to Auschwitz on August 4th 1944. July 8th 1942: “At three o’clock (Hello had left but was supposed to come back later), the doorbell rang.

Collection Guides & Bibliographies (Virtual Programs & Services, Library of Congress) [A more complete listing of online guides covering other Library of Congress collections is available at the Bibliographies, Research Guides and Finding Aids web page.] African American History African American Sites Benjamin Banneker Booker T. Washington Brown v. Board of Education Civil Rights Dr. Huge List of Idiom Examples - Literary Devices What is an Idiom? An idiom is a group of words whose meaning is figurative and different from the actual words of the expression. Idioms are used widely in everyday speech and appear in every form of written text like poetry, prose, and even scientific or business writing. Idioms are powerful expressions because in just a few words they can convey a lot of information in a vivid and imaginative way.

What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life “A person’s identity,” Amin Maalouf wrote as he contemplated what he so poetically called the genes of the soul, “is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch just one part of it, just one allegiance, and the whole person will react, the whole drum will sound.” And yet we are increasingly pressured to parcel ourselves out in various social contexts, lacerating the parchment of our identity in the process. Romantic readings: 'Bright Star' by John Keats - Wordsworth Trust By Pamela Davenport I was first introduced to The Romantic Poets at primary school, where we learned to recite Wordworth’s Daffodils – oh how I tried hard to imagine those golden daffodils “fluttering and dancing in the breeze”. I never thought that I would appreciate poetry of the 18th and 19th century, but still those meaningless daffodils haunted me. By the time I was faced with O levels and A Levels I meet and was taught by Mr Hamer, a truly inspirational teacher who brought the words and symbolism of the Romantics and other great writers to life, my journey had begun. For me Romanticism represents a complex artistic, literary and intellectual movement.

“To lie doggo,” an idiom few people seem to know Last week (November 6, 2019), in passing, I mentioned my idea of the origin of the word dog and did not mean to return to this subject, but John Cowan suggested that I consider an alternative etymology (dog as a color word). I have been aware of it for a long time, but why is my idea worse? It may even carry more conviction, because I offered a hypothesis that takes care not only of dog but also of bug and a few other similar-sounding animal names: (ear)wig, frog, and stag. Finally, why should hog be Scandinavian any more than Celtic or Common North European? The etymology of hog “castrated animal” from Icelandic höggva, related to German hauen and Engl. hew, reminds me of a fanciful derivation of the phrase to go the whole hog, allegedly from “the whole blow.” The Scandinavian words for “hog” bear no resemblance to the English one.

Historically, men translated the Odyssey. Here’s what happened when a woman took the job. The Odyssey is about a man. It says so right at the beginning — in Robert Fagles’s 1996 translation, for example, the poem opens with the line, “Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns.” In the course of the poem, that man plots his return home after fighting the Trojan War, slaughters the suitors vying to marry his wife Penelope, and reestablishes himself as the head of his household. Narrativity Narrativity is a common subject of debate in film theory. Many believe that the interpretation of a film's narrative is subjective. In other words, different viewers may ascribe different meanings to the same sequence of visual images, with the choice of meanings being dependent on the viewers' personal characteristics and experiences. Other important aspects explored by film theorists are the factors which distinguish narrativity in film from that of other art forms. When exploring narrativity in film, several factors must be taken into account.

How English and German are related and how their vowel sounds developed Once long ago there were a group of people known variously as the Saxons, Angles, Jutes and Franks. We don't know what they called their language but we call it Proto Germanic. It is called this because it is the ancestor of all Germanic languages. The Germanic languages include languages like English, German, Dutch, Frisian, German, Luxembourgish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese and others. ‘Bad Writing Does Not Normally Warrant Sanctions, But We Draw The Line At Gibberish’ So concludes a vicious benchslapping from the Seventh Circuit aimed at Jordan Hoffman, an attorney brought on at the appellate stage to represent a pro se litigant claiming she was discriminated against in various ways by her former employer. The plaintiff lost at the trial level having mostly whiffed on her summary judgment response. On appeal, Hoffman signed off on a brief that… well, had some issues. For example: GAMESMANSHIPDefendants have been “gaming” the system.

The Daring English Teacher: Three Universal Themes Every High School Student Should Know As English teachers, we are in a unique position where we not only shape and refine students’ writing skills, but also, possibly, hopefully, their world view. We are able to do this because most of the literary works crucial to our curriculum were written with the intention of inspiring profound and controversial thought. Here are three thought provoking themes that are essential to teach high school students. Sometimes, in order to foster a student’s growth for the better, it is beneficial to show them a monster rather than a role model - an anti role model if you will. Romanticism Romanticism, attitude or intellectual orientation that characterized many works of literature, painting, music, architecture, criticism, and historiography in Western civilization over a period from the late 18th to the mid-19th century. Romanticism can be seen as a rejection of the precepts of order, calm, harmony, balance, idealization, and rationality that typified Classicism in general and late 18th-century Neoclassicism in particular. It was also to some extent a reaction against the Enlightenment and against 18th-century rationalism and physical materialism in general.