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Alliteration

Repetition of the same consonant sound

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Anaphora

Repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of several successive clauses.

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Anastrophe

Grammatical misorder of things (terra in)

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Apostrophe

Addressing a person who is not there (O deus)

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Asyndeton

Lack of connective words like et and que

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Chiasmus

ABBA

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Ellipsis

Omission of words

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Enjambment

Continuation of a sense unit into a second line

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Hendiadys

The use of two nouns and a conjunction instead of an adjective and a noun

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Hyperbole

Exaggeration for rhetorical effect

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Hysteron Proteron

A reversal of the usual order of events (He put on his shoes and socks)

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Litotes

Saying something by denying it's opposite (She's not unpleasant)

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Metonymy

The substitution of one word for another that it suggests

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Onomatopoiea

A word that sounds like it's meaning (pipiabat = was chirping)

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Personification

Giving human attributes to something that is non-human

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Polysyndeton

The use of more connectives than necessary

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Praeteritio

Saying that you're not going to mention something.... and therefore mentioning it indirectly.

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Simile

A comparison using like or as (vellut, similis, ut, aliter)

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Synchysis

ABAB

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Synechdoche

A part stands for the whole (Hot wheels = nice car)

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Tricolon Crescens

Three parallel elements growing in importance

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Zeugma

The use of one verb with two nouns (Elmo was covered in a cloak and mystery)