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Conceit

Comparison of two unlike things that is drawn out with in a piece of literature, in particular an extended metaphor within a poem

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Epigram

A succinct, witty statement, often in verse

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Extended metaphor

A series of comparisons within a piece of writing. If there consistently one concept, this is also known as a conceit

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Hyperbole

Exaggeration for effect

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Litotes

A statement which affirms the positive by negating the negative

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Metaphor

And implied comparison of two unlike things

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Metonymy

A figure of speech that substitutes something closely related for the thing actually meant

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Oxymoron

Two or three word term that appears to be contradictory but is, nevertheless true

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Paradox

A seemingly contradictory statement which is nevertheless it's true

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Periphrasis

And elaborate and roundabout manner of speech that uses more words than necessary

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Personification

Attributing human qualities to nonhuman or nonliving things

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Simile

I stated comparison of two unlike things using like or as

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Synecdoche

The use of a part to represent a whole or vice versa

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Synesthesia

The description of one kind of sense impression by using words that normally describe another

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Alliteration

Repetition of initial consonant sounds

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Assonance

Repetition of vowel sounds

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Cacophony

A series of inharmonious sounds for emotional emphasis (The blood came gargling from the froth corrupted from the lungs)

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Consonance

Repetition of consonant sounds preceded by different vowel sounds. (I meT a caT with feeT of whiTe)

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Euphony

A series of compatible harmonious sounds for emphasis
(I knew a woman lovely in her bones; when small birds sighed, she would sigh back)

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Onomatopoeia

Use of words to sound imitate the natural sounds of an object or activity (Bang, buzz, clank)

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Repetition

Repeating a word, phrase, sound

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Rhyme

The identity of sound between syllables or paired groups of syllables, usually at the end of verse lines

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Apostrophe

The direct address of a person, object, or quality as if present