An implicit comparison of two unlike things that actually have something important in common
an explicit comparison of two unlike things that actually have something important in common
repetition of initial consonant sound
repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses or verses
the dictionary definition
a verb form ending in -ing that acts like a noun
includes the gerund, its modifiers (if any), its objects (if any), and its objects modifiers (if any)
a verb form ending in -ing in its present form, and -d, -ed, -d, or -n in its past form that acts like an adjective
includes the participle, its modifiers (if any), its objects (if any), and its objects modifiers (if any)
juxtaposition of contrasting ideas in balanced phrases
placing side by side two coordinating elements, the second of which modifies or explains the first.
the writers stance or attitude toward the topic
the emotional quality or atmosphere of a literary work
a substitution of a less inclusive term to describe something or vice-versa
a substitution of terms in which the substitution is suggested by some material or logical relationship to that which it substitutes
the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning
irony of situation
poetic justice, carma
involving obstructions or inanimate objects with human qualities or abilities
investing non human living things with human qualities or abilities
substitution of an inoffensive term for one considered offensively explicit.
a figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite
an extravagant statement; the use of exaggerated terms for the purpose of emphasis or heightened effect
omission of conjunctions between words, phrases, or clauses
a style that employs a great many conjunctions
repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses or verses.
a litany of abuse. a series of critical epithets
a verbal pattern in which the second half of an expression is balanced against the first but with the parts reversed.
a trite expression often a figure of speech whose effectiveness has been worn out through overuse and expressive familiarity
when a speaker or author acknowledges an advance in opposing view or mitigation factor in order to defuse the opposing argument before its actually made.
the repetition of the last word of one line or clause to begin the next
ending a series of lines, phrases, clauses, or sentences with the same words.