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alliteration

repetition of the same initial consonant sound throughout a line of verse

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anadiplosis

the repetition of a word that ends one clause at the beginning of the next

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anaphora

repetition of a word or phrase as the beginning of successive clauses

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anthimeria

substitution of one part of speech for another

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antithesis

juxtaposition, or contrast of ideas or words in a balanced or parallel construction

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assonance

repetition or similarity of the same internal vowel sound in words of close proximity

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asyndeton

omission of conjunctions between coordinate phrases, clauses, or words

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chiasmus

two corresponding pairs arranged in a parallel inverse order

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diacope

repetition broken up by one or more intervening words

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ellipsis

omission of one or more words, which are assumed by the listener or reader

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epanalepsis

repetition at the end of a clause of the word that occurred at the beginning of the clause

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epimone

frequent repetition of a phrase or question; dwelling on a point

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epistrophe

repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses

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hyperbaton

altering word order, or separation of words that belong together, for emphasis

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malapropism

a confused use of words in which an appropriate word is replaced by one with similar sound but (often ludicrously) inappropriate meaning

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metaphor

implied comparison between two unlike things achieved through the figurative use of words

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metonymy

substitution of some attributive or suggestive word for what is meant (e.g., "crown" for royalty)

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onomatopoeia

use of words to imitate natural sounds

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paralepsis

emphasizing a point by seeming to pass over it

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parallelism

similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses

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parenthesis

insertion of some word or clause in a position that interrupts the normal syntactic flow of the sentence (asides are rather emphatic examples of this)

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polysyndeton

the repetition of conjunctions in a series of coordinate words, phrases, or clauses

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simile

an explicit comparison between two things using "like" or "as"

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synecdoche

the use of a part for the whole, or the whole for the part