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Repetition

The act of repeating the same sound, word or phrase

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Imagery

Figurative (non literal) language to create associations or emotions

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Alliteration

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

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Imperative

A verb which expresses a command or request

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Sibilance

Repetition of the 'S' sound in words close together

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Emotive Vocabulary

Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns and Verbs designed to provoke emotions

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Anaphora

Repetition of the same word at the beginning of several clauses or lines

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Exclamations

A word or phrase that expresses strong emotion

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Superlatives

Description of something as being the best or having the most superior quality

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Antithesis

Contrast or opposition of words in a balanced construction

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Puns

Words which sound the same but have two possible meanings

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Triplets

Arrangement of three words or phrases or clauses for effect

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Modal verbs

Verbs used to show something we believe is possible or likely to happen in the future

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Negatives

Using negative adverbs such as 'not', 'isn't' , 'never'

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Enjambement

When lines 'run-on' to the next line, without a punctuation mark, creating a sense of flow

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Antilabe

When a single line/rhythm is shared between characters, they complete each others line, it implies closeness

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Apostrophy

The use of 'o' to address an idea, an abstract quality, a dead or absent person, as if present and capable of understanding

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Semantic field (lexical suit)

A set of words related in meaning

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Caesura

A stop or pause in the middle of a line

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Euphemism

Word or phrase with a sexual connotation

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Meter

The patterns of unstressed and stressed syllables in verse