Monday, May 15, 2006

Persuasion: literary reference or device?

Another commenter wrote--

The effectiveness of any literary device--simile, metaphor, irony, hyperbole, and so on--can be persuasive for some readers in some circumstances.
  • That's right. I just want to clarify that my suggestions here were about literary allusions or references, not literary devices, which are not really risky and are used all the time. Like any writing technique, they can be overdone, but generally I like them. I think the commenter knows that; I'm just clarifying to put my mind at ease.

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