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Posted 20 August 2017 - 02:01 PM



Posted 20 August 2017 - 01:50 PM





Sometimes personification gets confused with a pathetic fallacy. This is a kind of personification that provides emotional life into natural inanimate objects. For example, they reflect the nature of moods and desires into the features of the wind.



Throw more anthropomorphism into this mix. This is when people give human traits and mannerisms to animals or everyday objects. It's a bit different from personification; that just creates an image from a set of characteristics. Anthropomorphism seeks to make an animal behave as an actual human being. Stories and fables of all kinds use them for their allegorical value. Animal Farm is a good example. It provides a sense of imagery that is attractive to larger audiences and serves as an outlet for intense political satire. Younger audiences respond well to this technique. Disney can attest to that!


Posted 20 August 2017 - 01:06 PM



Give it a tasty lick or two!




Try blending the site patterns...




Sometimes the right sound gets perfect attention:




Imagery can touch the imagination in many ways...






Graphics and imagery and how to convey them with words vividly. Kinesthesia comes to mind. This is a conscious technique to describe actions and movement with the senses as a guide. Kinetic means movement and it's important to note that tension is included. It shows with words the spinning context of the wheel as it whirls us along towards the far reaches of the sun. They're also great for poetry to describe intense feelings and create a greater sense of graphic definition. They are used to constrict the senses with tension and then resolve it with a breath of fresh air.


Posted 19 August 2017 - 01:05 PM

Shall we speak of hubris this morning?


This is a literary concept designed to show a characters ignorance and pride. These types of characters usually have over inflated egos. They hold positions of power that cross examine their own moral codes and they usually break them and form new ones. They delight in causing shame in others just for the fun of it. Revenge is not hubris. Hubris is when one thinks themselves better than another. Sometimes it becomes so great as to leave an individual thinking he is equal to god. Always leading the character to try and defy nature and bring about destruction for everyone concerned.



Hamartia - Ultimately, hubris is a flaw in the personality that brings about tragic or negative results. We see stories with characters like this all the time. Rocket the Raccoon in the recent Guardians of the Galaxy movie is one such example; he steals batteries at the beginning of the movie thereby setting in motion massive blowback that creates the tension for the rest of the movie. Underlying his faux pas of thievery is the inner pride within himself that causes harmful actions.
Hamartia is that flaw bringing about the humiliation. Small defects bringing about tragic results. The audience will see the fear the character feels; past all the pride and foolishness he projects. Knowing the character has both good and bad qualities gives the viewer a sense of pity and perhaps empathy with his/her plight. Using hamartia encourages the moral purpose of the story to shine through. As we see the hero overcome the inner plight within.

Posted 19 August 2017 - 09:49 AM

Portmanteau is a device which makes the English language unique from many other languages around the world. It offers a way to blend words together to form new ones. It demonstrates a word play action giving diversity in definition. Usually it's done by fusing two or more words together and it must refer to a single meaning. Also, the blended word shares the meaning of the words used to coin the new one. The arts and media entertainment industries use this device extensively. 
A Portmanteau Generator


Posted 18 August 2017 - 07:58 AM

Using the internet for social networking, blogs, and forums is a great medium to use Imagery. Instead of using just figurative language alone to represent ideas the new universe of cyberspace allows everyone to send out visual representations that also include a variety of visual aids. Along with auditory stimulus this goes a long way in creating images of communication.

Imagery in literature is used to convey mental pictures to the reader. It isn't just the visual aspect that creates true imagery. The other senses can be affected by Imagery too. Any word that appeals to the senses will aid the description. The trick is to create a graphic scene that appeals to as many senses as possible using simile, metaphor, and of course onomatopoeia.







Give it a tasty lick or two!




Try blending the site patterns...




Sometimes the right sound gets perfect attention:




Imagery can touch the imagination in many ways...







Posted 13 August 2017 - 01:19 PM



Don't cha just love the sound of this word? It's so sharp and snakey. Always good with an exclamation point! This word means a snide and sarcastic comment. They can be both wildly stupid or incredibly clever. Depending on the point of view. It combines cynicisms with blended wit. They'r usually quick little quips to tease someone into an emotional response. Derisive in nature they can and will at times cut deep into the psyche. It can be used as a defensive device to cut away at an individual like an ad hominem attack. Most of the time snarks are used to mask points of view.







A really effective rhetorical device we hear a lot in todays world is sarcasm. Most people know what it is, what it feels like, where to direct it; both on the sending and receiving end of things. It can be used as a witty comeback or an avoidance to an uncomfortable situation. It deflects attention away from embarrassing moments and can be used to hide uncomfortable feelings.
They are used to express a mocking attitude towards an object, person or an idea. They can be used in a satirical comment with the specific purpose of destroying another's opinion. Sarcasm can be cruel, amusing, pointed, and biting. It is used to dig into anothers emotional center of being. An attack on the spirit.
Delivery of Sarcasm is key.
There are 7 basic types of tone to consider when employing its biting commentary:
Self-Deprecating Sarcasm - Inferior, worthless
Brooding Sarcasm - Polite bitterness
Deadpan Sarcasm - Without emotion
Polite Sarcasm - Delayed effect; listener must think about it to get it.
Obnoxious Sarcasm - The kind that makes a listener wanna crack a skull.
Manic Sarcasm - Delivered with an unnaturally happy mood
Raging Sarcasm - exaggerated violent threats
Here's a decent link I've found describing these tones in more detail:


Posted 12 August 2017 - 12:54 PM

Parrhesia - Free and fearless speech. Being bold and assertive when telling the truth. Bombastically displaying it all for everyone to see. Ideally, It is used to gain the attention of an audience for moral purposes. Although negativity is often inserted to add extra firepower. 
It comes from the old Greek meaning 'to speak everything'. It also implies the obligation to speak the truth to all, even at personal risk. I guess Socrates would know all about that... 
It means more than just stating your own personal beliefs but a public commitment to those beliefs. It concerns the truth about his or her own being and displaying that light outward for others to see. It comes from the core of the very self. Your own awareness of being completely naked for all to see.
Parrhesia unleashes a torrent of ideas freely without compunction, without much forethought, without stiff composure. Letting the spirit move the the moment forward. Directly expressing blunt truth by using simple, clear words to gather attention. You can see this device used all the time by the politicians and the religious ministers.  
The truth spouting from their gobs is loaded with artificial sweetener....


Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:40 PM


Smart Ass!






A two word device that describes an object with metaphors. Kennings are used in poems and riddles to report characteristics in obscured detail. Painting pictures by compressing metaphors is a good way to describe something symbolically. They replace concrete nouns with a colourful display of figurative speech. Describing something in an indirect manner. They are like metaphors and similes. When combining them together in short lists they can create clever riddles. 


Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:06 PM

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