In this post, let’s take a break from poetry and literature to look at something slightly different – rhetoric and persuasion.
Of all the areas in literary analysis, writing about sound is probably one of the most challenging.
One of the first literary devices most English students learn is ‘simile’, which is derived from the Latin word ‘similis’, meaning ‘like’.
For any English student, the ability to spot figurative devices and explain to what effect they are used is an important skill.
The English dictionary is a wonderful invention, but there are times when it falls short of doing its job: making us understand what a word actually means.
I have a confession to make: as a self-professed lit expert, I find the difference between metonymy and synecdoche a hard one to remember.