Epistrophe

What is epistrophe? Epistrophe is the repeating of words or phrases at the end of sentences or clauses. It is used to emphasise a point. Famous examples of epistrophe Epistrophe is often used in writing and speeches to make a point. ...this nation, under God, shall have a new birth…
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Anaphora

What is anaphora? Anaphora is the repeating of the same words or phrases at the beginning of clauses. It is used to add effect, or add emphasis. Famous examples of anaphora Many great writers and speech-makers have used anaphora. It was the best of times, it was the worst of…
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Chiasmus

What is chiasmus? Chiasmus is a statement (or question) formed by reversing the parts of a sentence. Most people don't know the meaning of the word 'chiasmus', but know several famous examples. Famous examples of chiasmus "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do…
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Koan

What is a koan? A koan is an idea borrowed from Zen Buddhism. It refers to a philosophical question or statement that appears simple, but whose answer can be deep and meaningful. There is usually no 'correct' answer to a koan. Almost every answer is equally valid. Examples of koan…
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Soraismus

What is soraismus? Soraismus is mixing different languages (using words from a different language in one's own) often incorrectly or without understanding the foreign word's true meaning. How to make soraismus? Very simply, to make soraismus one has to know some foreign words. Then substitute these words into one's native…
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Synecdoche

What is synecdoche? Synecdoche is when a part of something is used to represent the whole thing, or a whole thing is used to represent only a part. How to make synecdoche? There are different ways to create synecdoche: 1. Use only a part of something, but mean the whole…
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Simile (simple)

What is a simile? Similes are used to compare two things using 'as ... ' or '...is '. How to make a simile 1. as (adj) as (noun) 2. ... (v. (incl. 'be') like ... Common similes as blind as a bat as busy as a bee as clean as…
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Metaphor (simple)

What is a metaphor? A metaphor uses the ideas and characteristics of one object to describe another object. Simple examples of metaphor He has a heart of stone (a stone = cold, no emotion; therefore his heart is cold and holds no emotion) Love is war (war = an activity…
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Analogy

What is an analogy? An analogy is using one thing or event to explain the qualities of another thing or event. It usually involves a real situation other people know, or a situation others can easily understand. The difference between an analogy, a metaphor and a simile are not that…
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Onomatopoeia

What is onomatopoeia? Onomatopoeia is when 1. a word sounds like the sound it is trying to describe 2. a new word is formed based on the sound with which it is associated Examples of onomatopoeia 1. Words that sound like sounds Sheep baa, cattle moo, horses neigh, and pigs…
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