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||The repetition of sounds at the beginning of words.
||“Charlotte shared her sherbet with Shelly.”
||A short, casual reference to a person, event, or an earlier literary or historical work.
||“He isn’t Walt Disney, no.” (Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot)
||When opposing ideas are expressed in syntactically similar structures and placed next to each other.
||“To err is human, to forgive divine.” (Pope, An Essay on Criticism)
||The repetition of vowel sounds in nearby syllables without repeating consonants.
||“Let the cat out of the bag” (Proverb)
||An exaggerated description of a person or notion.
||“Mr. Chadband moves softly and cumbrously, not unlike a bear who has been taught to walk upright.” – Bleak House by Charles Dickens
||An overused, trite, or commonplace idea or expression.
||“Who knows? Only time will tell.”
||A moment of profound and spiritual revelation, when a person realizes the real essence of a thing or an action.
||“Eureka! Eureka!” (Archimedes)
||A hint in a story of future events, character revelations, and plot twists in order to build suspense, create a mood, or begin to reveal an important theme.
||“When beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” (William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar)
||A conscious exaggeration used for emphasis and not meant to be taken literally.
||“I will luve thee still, my dear, Till a’ the seas gang dry.” (Robert Burns, “A Red, Red Rose”)
||A recurrent element (word, phrase, image, etc.) appearing in various works (topos) or throughout a single work (leitmotif).
||The phrase “So it goes” in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five (leitmotif); the tempus fugit (“passing of time”) motif in numerous Shakespeare’s sonnets (topos)
||The repetition of conjunctions.
||“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.”—John 10:27
||The use of a word, sound, or phrase that is repeated throughout a line or work for emphasis and thematic unity.
||“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, free at last!” (Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have A Dream)
||The technique of persuading an audience through the artful use of words.
||“O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon…” (John Milton, Samson Agonistes)