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Alliteration

Sound device; repetition of initial (beginning) consonant sound

Anadiplosis

Repetition of the last word of a line or clause to begin the next

Anaphora

The repetition of a word or expression at the beginning of successive phrases for rhetorical or poetic effect

Apostrophe

Addressing someone or something, usually not present, as though present

Assonance

Similarity or repetition of a vowel sound in two or more words, especially in a line of verse

Asyndeton

The omission of conjunctions that ordinarily join coordinate words and phrases

Blank Verse

Unrhymed iambia pentameter, metrical verse with no ending rhyme

Cacophony

A combination of harsh, unpleasant sounds which create an effect of discordance. Opposite of euphony

Conceit

An elaborate and often surprising comparison between two highly dissimilar things

Connotation

The emotional implications that a word may carry; implied or associated meaning for a particular word

Consonance

The repetition of consonant sounds with differing vowel sounds in words near each other in a line or lines of poetry

Crux

The most cruial line(s) in a poem or message, the part that best shows the main point

Denotation

The specific, exact meaning of a word, a dictionary definition

Diction

An author's choice of words

Epistrophe

Opposite of anaphora, having repeated wording at the end of the clauses

Euphony

A quality of style marked by pleasing, harmonious sounds. Opposite of cacophony

Lyrical

Emotional writing showing the author's ardent expression

Metaphor

A figure of speech wherein a comparision is made between two unlike quantities without the use of words such as "like" or "as"

Meter

Is the apttern of stressed and unstressed syllables extablished in a line of poetry. A foot is a unit of meter

Metonymy

Substituting a word naming an object for another word closely associated with it

Polysyndeton

The repetition of a numbner of conjunctions in close succession

Retorical Device

Device used to produce effecting speaking or writing

Rhetorical Question

A question solely for effect, with no answer expected

Simile

A figure of speech which takes the form of a comparison between two inlike quantities for which a basis for comparison can be cound, and with the wors "like" and "as" in the comparison

Soliloquy

A long speech made by a character who is alone on the stage in which he reveals his innermost thoughts and feelings

Synecdoche

A figure of speech in which something stands for something else, or the whole stands for a part