20 terms

Rhetorical Devices used in Poetry

The definitions of rhetorical devices used in most poetry.
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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.