Word order ABBA
"Interlocked word order" ABAB
The reversal of the usual order of words
The separation of words that usually go together
Stylistic form of writing where a word in left out in English
The repetition of the same word in slightly varied forms
The use of three
The assertion of something by denying its opposite ex: not unhappy
A comparison between two terms using "as" or "like"
Excessive use of conjunctions
Lack of conjunctions
Extra words not needed
Two "nots" to be extra strong, that don't cancel out
Noun and noun = adjective noun
Repetition of the same words
A question that doesn't expect an answer
saying you won't do something, and in doing so, say it (for I wont recall these ancient things...)
Repeating for emphasis
When a word is shortened from its original form
When you use one word (usually an adverb) twice. Once literally, once figuratively
Separation of the parts of a compound word
When the format or structure of two or more things is identical
Using one word for a related word
(Type of Metonymy) Part for the whole (All hands on deck)
The repetition of the same sound at the beginning of successive words
The repetition of the same sound at the end of successive words
To bring opposite ideas together (oxymoron)
To show or represent something through the order of words
The reader is led to expect one thing, and surprised with something else
(similar to a contraction) When two words are combined into one
A narrative in which abstract ideas figure as circumstances or persons, usually to enforce a moral truth
An abrupt failure to complete a sentence, for rhetorical effect
Direct address of an absent person, place, thing, or abstraction. tends to raise the emotional tone and is often used for a pathetic or mock-tragic effect.
The close recurrence of similar sounds, usually of medial or final vowel sounds. Tends to draw emphasis or reflect the mood-often with a softening effect.
An apparent digression describing a place, connected at the end of the description to the main narrative by hic or huc. This device is used in epic for a transition to a new scene. Also used for other descriptions-vividly pictured-separate from the larger story. This is often used for explanations or morals.
The running over of a sentence from one verse or couplet into another so that closely related words fall in different lines. Puts emphasis on the word(s) at the beginning of the next line, which may be a surprise.
Reversal of chronological order in order to put the more important idea first.
The use, clearly intentional or apparently unintentional (dramatic irony), or words with a meaning contrary to the situation.
An implied comparison; that is, the use of a word or words suggesting a likeness between what is actually being described and something else.
Use of words whose sound suggests the sense.
The use of apparently contradictory words in the same phrase. The juxtaposition of the opposite words heightens the paradox.
Treatment of inanimate objects as human.
Use of a word before it is appropriate in the context. A proleptic adjective does not apply to its noun until after the action of the verb. It anticipates a future event and adds emphasis to the adjective.
The assumption of another's persona for rhetorical or dramatic effect.
A device of emphasis in which the poet attributes some characteristic of a thing to another thing closely associated with it.
Repetition of the same consonantal sound medially or finally which tends to draw emphasis or reflect the mood. It can indicate a softening or hardening effect.