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Is a reference to some fairly well-known event, place, or person. Unlike a detailed comparison or reference, an allusion can be used to help your reader see a broader picture, to evoke a positive feeling or to add credibility to your writing
is a device in which the writer repeats a or phrase at the beginning of multiple clauses
makes use of a contrast in language to bring out a contrast in ideas
are two forms of that add stylistic force to your writing by handling contrast in non-stranded ways. Asyndeton leaves out conjunctions in a list or between clauses, while Polysyndeton puts a conjunction between every item
Asyndeton and Polysyndeton
takes a key word from one phrase or sentence and repeats it at the very beginning of the next phrase or sentence
is a common device that can be dangerously overused. It involves simply attaching an adjective to a noun. The most successful epithets combine unusual adjectives with nouns for a strong effect
is a close comparison of two unlike objects or ideas that speaks of one as if it actually were the other
is the matching of tone, form, and word order in successive phrases, clauses, or sentences in order to a create a sense of natural writing
is one of the more commonly used rhetorical devices. It is a device in which the writer compares two objects or ideas that are already somewhat related. The most effective similes are usually meant to provide new insight into the main object of the comparison
is a device in which a number of items in a sentence are linked together by a shared word. Zeugma can encompass subjects linked together by a verb, pronouns by nouns, direct objects by verbs, or adjectival phrases by verbs. Probably the most common and stylistic use is to eliminate the repitition of a verb
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