Rhetorical Devices used in Poetry

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The definitions of rhetorical devices used in most poetry.

Anadiplois

using a word or phrase at the end of a line or clause as the first words in the next clause or line for emphasis

Anaphora

The repetition of a word at the beginning of a sentence, line, etc.

Epistrophe

The repetition of a word at the end of a sentence, line, etc.

Aporia

A question as to how to begin or how to end, or what comes next

Apostrophe

A direct address to a person or thing; usually begins with "O/oh"

Asyndeton

The omission of coordinating conjunctions between each item in a sentence.

Polysyndeton

The use of a conjunction before every item that is listed in a series

Epanalepsis

The repetition of a word or clause that is separated but in the same sentence, line, etc.

Epithet

A modifier that draws attention to a specific characteristic or detail

Epizeuxis

The creation of emphasis by repeating a word several times in a row

Hyperbole

An exaggeration for emphasis; the opposite of Meiosis

Meiosis

An understatement used to enhance a description; the opposite of a Hyperbole

Metaphor

A comparison between two things where one is identified with the other

Personification

Giving animals or inanimate objects the characteristics of humans

Extended Metaphors

The process of taking a metaphor and developing into many different areas to provide a rich description of the subject

Metonymy

Substituting a concept for another that is closely related

Paraprosdokian

A surprise ending to a story

Paratoxis

A series of independent clauses relating to a series of actions or propositions

Polyptoton

Repitition of words derived from the same root

Paronomasia

A play on words in which the words can be understood in two different ways; a pun.

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