Literary devices 2

Today in Literature we have been working again with literary devices.


  1. Watch the video and have a look at the webpage.
  2. Check your last activity, and correct it.
  3. Once you have finished, post on your blog the ones you didn´t know from the webpage: Literary Devices.

The Literary Devices that I didn’t know were:

Satire: is a type of literary device where an author ridicules specific people, groups or some aspect of society.

Anagram: Anagrams are an extremely popular form of literary device wherein the writer jumbles up parts of the word to create a new word.

Sonnet: is a type of poem that has a specific rhyme and meter.

Onomatopoeia: is a word that describes words that represent sounds.

Refrain: is repetition of sounds or words to form a pattern.

Antithesis: An antithesis is used when the writer employs two sentences of contrasting meanings in close proximity to one another.

Parody: is a type of literary work that satirizes another work, its author, or the ideas presented.

Literary Devices

Today in our Literature virtual class we have been working with literary devices. Our task was to take 2 quizzes and then to write down the ones we did incorrectly. After that we had to do an activity which consisted of matching the words with the definitions provided.

The answers I did wrong:

Picture this literary scene: the main character hears a scream, and then sees a man running out of the room with a bloody knife. You can often come to the conclusion (most of the time) that he killed whoever just screamed, although it never says outright that «the guy with the knife butchered the screamer.» This type of intelligent conclusion drawn by the reader based on clues and observations is called a(n) __________?The correct answer was Inference

«The wise fool is burning my taco» employs what kind of literary device?The correct answer was Oxymoron

This question will use an example from Shakespeare’s classic play, «Romeo and Juliet». In the Fifth Act of the play, Romeo arrives at the Capulet family tomb to find his love, Juliet, supposedly dead. However, we in the audience know that Juliet is not really dead, she merely took a potion to make it look like she was dead for her own motives. When the audience of a story knows more than the characters involved, what type of irony is employed?The correct answer was Dramatic Irony

«Flaming ice» is an example of what literary technique?The correct answer was Oxymoron

In the movie «Casablanca» you expect the loving couple to stay together, but then the girl hops off on a plane! Hey, that’s not what I expected! What type of irony is employed in this instance?The correct answer was Irony of the Situation

«Up went the bacon strips» is an example of what literary technique? (This technique is used more often in poetry.)The correct answer was Inversion


“There will come soft rains”: Reading comprehension questions

1.The house was programmed to sing the time each hour and say what It had to do at that moment. “Tick-Tock, seven o’clock, time to get up, time to get up, seven o’clock! This house could also clean and prepare breakfast on her own. “Seven-nine, breakfast time, seven-nine!” “Nine-fifteen, sang the clock, time to clean.”

2. The house was programed to protect the family from natures dangers. But what really killed humanity was technology, what humans created. At the end nature is the one who finally kills technology. This means that nature is more powerful that men and everything they create.

3. I can learn that the society takes advantage of technology, and that they use technology for things that are not so important. They spent a lot of money on things that they don’t really need. Instead they could spent their money on the world, because we have only one and we have to take care of It. 

4. The dog who entered the house was part of the family. He was very thin and covered in sores because he was a domesticated dog and when his owners left him he was without love, without food and without water and he didn’t know how to survive. The dog remains stayed there for like an hour and then, when it was time to clean, the house threw it out as if he was garbage.

5. I think that the family at 2:35 would get together, eat a snack and play cards. At 4:30 the baby’s room would get prepared. “The nursery walls glowed, animals took shape” The house entertained the baby before nap time.

6. “And frogs in the pools singing at night”. Auditory and visual images.

“The bath filled with clear hot water”. Visual and tactile images.

7. I believe there was a nuclear bomb. The west face of the house was black because of the radiation and the silhouettes are from the family members who lived on the house and died because of the nuclear bomb.

8. The house is personified because the writer wants to show us that the house, technology, is superior than us. The fire is also personified: “the fire was clever” “the fire backed off”. It is personified to show us that nature is more powerful and will outlives us like technology. 

9. This poem says that although human dies the circle of nature will continue and nature would never care about the existence of humans. “And not one will know of the war, not one will care at last when it is done. Not one would mind , either bird nor tree if mankind perished utterly”

10. At the end of the story the house dies. Bradbury tries to warn us of humans. Humans caused the disappearance of lots of animals, air pollution, global warming and lots of others things. Humans are guilty for their own bad ending, and nor nature or technology will care about us.