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.

English Tutor Answered question December 8, 2020

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.

English Tutor Answered question December 8, 2020
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