One of the biggest debates in literary studies is this: should literature convey a moral message?
One of the most confusing literary devices is also one of the most frequently seen in literature – imagery.
Two of the most commonly mixed-up words in the study of English Literature are ‘form’ and ‘structure’.
The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s – he takes the lead
In summer luxury, – he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
— On the Grasshopper and Cricket (1884), by John Keats
‘The wind howled in anger’, ‘the trees danced in the wind’, ‘the keyboard said, “are you done with typing already?!”
What do these three phrases share?
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’.