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James Hurst

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Introductory Devices

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It was the clove of seasons, summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit in the bleeding tree. The flower garden was stained with rotting brown magnolia petals and ironweeds grew rank amid the purple phlox. The five o’clocks by the chimney still marked time, but the oriole nest in the elm was untenanted and rocked back and forth like an empty cradle. The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted across the cotton field and through every room of our house, speaking softly the names of our dead (Hurst).

What literary device is MOST apparent in the passage above?

A

Allusion.

B

Personification.

C

Imagery.

D

Irony.

E

Subtext.