English Poetic Techniques

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Alliteration
a figure of speech in which consonants, especially at the beginning of words or stressed syllables, are repeated
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Anaphora
the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses or stanzas
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Assonance
this consists of the repetition of similar vowel sounds, usually close together, to create the effect or euphony
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Asyndeton
the omission or absence of a conjunction between parts of a sentence
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Elision
the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to preserve the meter of a line of poetry
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Euphemism
the substitution of a mild and pleasant expression for a harsh and blunt one
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Hyperbole
exaggeration for emphasis
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Metaphor
comparison between things which are essentially unalike
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Oxymoron
a combination of two words that appear to contradict each other
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Paradox
a situation or phrase that appears to be contradictory but which contains a truth worth considering
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Personification
the endowment of inanimate objects or abstract concepts with animate or living qualities
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Plosives
voiceless plosives = [p], [t], [k] voiced plosives = [b], [d], [g]
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Polyptoton
repetition of a word in a different case or inflection in the same sentence
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Polysyndeton
using several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted
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Sibilance
repetition of '**' sound to give a hi**ing effect
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Simile
comparison between two essentially unlike things using words such as 'like', 'as', or 'as though'
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Symbolism
the practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships
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Synecdoche
a part substituted for the whole
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Synesthesia
an attempt to fuse different senses by describing in terms of another
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the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses or stanzas

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Anaphora

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this consists of the repetition of similar vowel sounds, usually close together, to create the effect or euphony

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the omission or absence of a conjunction between parts of a sentence

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the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to preserve the meter of a line of poetry

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