Nouns Describing Other Nouns


Is there a literary device that uses other words, adjectives, verbs, basically any words to describe another noun, idea, scene, etc. without stating that noun?


In Taylor Swift’s It’s Nice To Have A Friend, she writes

“Church bells ring, carry me home
rice on the ground, looks like snow

She is clearly describing a wedding, but without actually stating so. You’d have to know about weddings being held in churches, and about the tradition to throw rice at weddings, too.

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Actually, in semantics, these are called connotations. However, in literary devices, there is no such device that could be stated with a clear name for it though there could be several other devices in it. Also consider reading metonymy.

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