Argh! I don't know any literary devices. Please help! Exam tomorrow. Watch

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I've got English exam tomorrow, but I'm unsure about how to call some literary devices. If somebody could help me out, I would be much obliged.

How do you call the following (in terms of literary devices?)

1) "I swam in the sea"
2) zooming in ("English coast ... in Yorkshire ... that small ugly bay")
3) "Thames turned into a bank of nine carat gold rough from the fire"
4) "I have been hopping up and down"
5) "I had two and six left from my prison money" (when some words are omitted)
6) "Tide on turn. Snake broken up. Emeralds and sapphires"
7) Who'd rather see each other's tears, boo-hoo, than the smile of a millionaire, painted in butter on a barber's shave

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To be honest I wouldn't call them anything - I think you are a bit confused.

See here for more on literary devices
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... dude wtf. See above post.
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Someone's either very confused of this is the weirdest troll thread I've ever read...
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(Original post by rocket0612)
To be honest I wouldn't call them anything - I think you are a bit confused.

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... dude wtf. See above post.

(Original post by lawology)
Someone's either very confused of this is the weirdest troll thread I've ever read...

How is this trolling? All these quotes are from the text for unseen commentary and my teacher says that these have specific terms. I can't find any info on these particular examples
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(Original post by in_your_face)
How is this trolling? All these quotes are from the text for unseen commentary and my teacher says that these have specific terms. I can't find any info on these particular examples
Quit trolling.
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How is this trolling? All these quotes are from the text for unseen commentary and my teacher says that these have specific terms. I can't find any info on these particular examples
Alright... well no1 might simply be a statement. No3 is a metaphor of sorts... 5 might count as an abbreviation. The others don't make much sense.
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my teacher says that these have specific terms.
If your teacher said the sentences you posted above have specific terms I'd be very worried. Honestly, I'm struggling to see anything in the that I would really class as being a literary term.
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If your teacher said the sentences you posted above have specific terms I'd be very worried. Honestly, I'm struggling to see anything in the that I would really class as being a literary term.
Well, I thought these sentences were weird as well, but my teacher insists that's a particular surreal style and syntax and imagery. I don't know what to call that
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I would suggest that when looking at extracts, analyse them referring to the narrative methods and language used. So you could comment on the use of similes, metaphors, alliteration, poetic fallacy, personification, etc. Its hard to analyse just one sentence when it doesn't mean anything, like "I swam in the sea" without knowing the context of the sentence as one tends to take it at face value - is this possibly a metaphor?
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Maybe your teacher's trolled you? :awesome:

In all honesty OP, I'm not sure. Good luck though!
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