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What to Look Out For With Virgil
1. Alliteration and Assonance

2. Emphatic positions and enjambment

3. Anaphora - repetition of a word or words at the beginning of two or more
successive verses, clauses, or sentences.

4. Epic similes

5. Tricolons

6. Tautology - needless repetition of an idea,…

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The Aeneid II

Part One:

It was the time when rest begins for weary men, and creeps over by the most welcome gift
of the gods. In my dreams, look, before my eyes, Hector, most sorrowful to me seemed to
be present and pouring forth copious tears, as once when…

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Meanwhile, everywhere, the city is thrown into confusion with grief, and more and more,
although the house of my father Anchises lay hidden, secluded and covered with trees, the
sound grew clearer and the noise of weapons threatens. I shake myself from sleep and climb
onto the roof…

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`relucent' ­ EMPHATIC POSITION emphasises blinding effect of fire

`exoritur' ­ EMPHATIC POSITION emphasises the extent of noise and chaos

`arma amens' ­ ASSONANCE and brisk sound of words add sense of urgency

`ardent animi' ­ ALLITERATION and figurative language help emphasise the


`furor iraque' ­ TAUTOLOGY emphasises Aeneas'…

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Then indeed the whole of Ilium seemed to me to sink into the flames and Neptune's Troy
was being turned from its base: just as when on mountain tops, woodmen in rivalry press to
uproot an ancient mountain ash, cut into with iron and frequent strokes of the…

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"You, whose blood is untouched by age, and whose strength stands solid with his native
vigour, you must hasten to flight. If the gods had wanted me to prolong my life, they
would have saved this home for me. Enough and more it is that we have seen…

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He stood firm and uttering such things remained immovable. On the contrary, we showered
him with tears, my wife Creusa, Ascanius and all our household, begging that he not ruin
everything along with himself and add weight to our crushing fate. He refuses, and clung to
his decision…

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Yelling such things, she was filling the whole house with her wailing, when a prodigy arose,
marvellous to tell. For in between the hands and faces of his sad parents, look, from above
Iulus' head , a light tongue of flame was seen to shed a gleam, harmless…

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Scarcely had the old man spoken thus, when with a sudden crash there was thunder to the
left, and from the heavens a star shot, gliding through the darkness, drawing a fiery trail
amidst a flood of light. We watch it gliding over the highest peaks of the…

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He had spoken, and now through the city the blaze is heard more loudly, and the smoke and
flames surged nearer. "Therefore come, dear father, put yourself upon my back; I myself will
support you, and the task will not weigh me down; however things may turn out,…


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