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American Literature-Types of Writing
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Peter Piper picked a peck
Repetition of initial or medial consonants in two or more adjacent words
Mad as a hatter
Repetition of similar vowel sounds in two or more adjacent words
The crime was common; common be the pain
Repetition of the last word of one clause at the beginning of the following clause
IN books, I find the dead as if they were alive; in books I forsee things to come; in books warlike affairs are set forth...
Repetition of the Same word or groups of words at the beginning of phrases, clauses, or sentenes
And all the night he did nothing but weep Philoclea, sigh Philoclea, and cry out Philocrea
Repetition of the same word or group of words at the ends of successive phrases or clauses
Chocolate does not a diet make.Inversion of the natural or usual word order
I am tall; you are short.
The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what we did here.
Juxtaposition of contrasting ideas
I will not mention the budget deficit here, or the political problems plaguing our nation, instead I want to concentrate on the problems....
Assert/Emphasize something by seeming to pass over or deny
John Morgan, president of the bank,
Placement of two co-ordinate elements, the second which serves as an explanation for the first.
We came, we saw, we conquered
Deliberate omission of conjunctions between words, phrases or clauses
Miss America was eager to serve her family, her community, and her nation.
Arrangement of words, phrases, or clauses in order of increasing importance
Renowned for conquest and in council skilled.
I come from the rural north, from the urban south comes she.
John is a good worker, and a bright student is Mary.
Reversal of grammatical structures in successive phrases or clauses
The Master's Degree is awarded by thirty-two departments, and the Ph.D. By thirty three.
Deliberate omission of a word or words, which are implied by the context
Blood hath brought blood, and blows answer'd blows.
Repetition at the end of a clause of the word that occurred at the beginning of the clause
The schoolmaster corrected the slightest fault with his birch reminder.
Substitution of less pungent words for harsh ones, with ironic effet
This is, I might add, a rough schedule.
Use of a single word or phrase, usually interrupting normal syntax, to lend emphasis to the words immediately proximate to the _____
His eloquence could split rocks.
Use of exaggeration for the purpose of emphasis or heightened effect
What behavior is uniquely human? I think that....
Questions + Answers
Hitting that telephone pole certainly didn't do your car any good.
Use of deliberate understatement for emphasis or effect
The question of fedral aid is a bramble patch.
Implied comparison between two things of unlike nature, which have something in common
Those orders came directly from the crown.
The White House, Wall Street
Use of a closely related object as a substitute for the object or idea in mind
Drip, crackle, bang, snarl pop!
Use of words that sound like what thy mean
I do here make humbly bold...
Parting is such sweet sorrow.
Paradox, reduced to two words
He worked hard at being lazy.
Statement which seems to be contradictory but has some truth
He tried to make the law clear, precise, and equitable.
Similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses
There is even-and it is the achievement of this novel-a curious sense of happiness running through the paragraphs.
Insertion of some verbal unit in a position that interrupts normal syntactical flow of the sentence
The ground thirsts for rain.
Investing abstractions or inanimate objects with humane qualities or abilities
This semester I am taking AP World History, and Math, and English, and SAT Biology, and East Asian Studies, and AP Physics.
Deliberate use of many conjunctions
If we don't hang together, we'll hang separately.
Marriage is a wife sentence.
What could you be thinking?
Asking a question, for purpose of assertion or denial
Silence settled over the audience like a block of granite.
Explicit comparison, using "like" "as" than"
I asked for her hand in marriage.
The Confederates have eyes in Lincoln's government.
Using a part to represent the whole
The dance floor was square, and so was the bandleader's personality.
Use of one word to serve two or more other words with more than one meaning
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