Stylistic Devices (examples) Flashcards

Figure of speech
Terms Definitions
Anadiplosis
Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know, knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain.
Anadiplosis
He talked at length about war games. "Games," however, seems an inappropriate term for strategies that lead to destruction and death.
Anaphora
So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. . . .
Anaphora
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, . . .
Antithesis
I want you to be wise in what is good, and innocent in what is evil.
Antithesis
If we try, we might succeed; if we do not try, we cannot succeed.
Chiasmus
Never let a fool kiss you, and never let a kiss fool you.
Chiasmus
He made football players out of some men. I think he's much more proud that he made men out of some football players.
Epanalepsis
Water alone dug this giant canyon, yes, just plain water.
Epanalepsis
Believe not all you can hear; tell not all you believe.
Epistrophe
Where affections bear rule, there reason is subdued, honesty is subdued, good will is subdued, and all things else that withstand evil, forever are subdued.
Epistrophe
All the night he did nothing but weep Philoclea, sigh Philoclea, and cry out Philoclea.
Isocolon
His purpose was to impress the ignorant, to perplex the dubious, and to confound the scrupulous.
Polyptoton
Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds or bends with the remover to remove.
Polyptoton
Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Polysyndeton
It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.
Polysyndeton
I said, "Who killed him?" and he said, "I don't know who killed him but he's dead all right," and it was dark and there was water standing in the street and no lights and windows broke and boats all up in the town and trees blown down. . .
Apposition
The bear, a massive black object, frightened the small children.
Apposition
I ran from the woman, a wrinkled stranger.
Asyndeton
I came, I saw, I conquered.
Asyndeton
The elephants charged, the horses scattered, the Big Top tent fell down.
Ellipsis
The man lost three teeth, the woman two.
Ellipsis
Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret.
Hyperbaton
She had a personality indescribable.
Hyperbaton
It was a long operation but successful.
Loose sentence
He cares about only one thing -- his laptop computer.
Loose sentence
He learned to fix cars from Alice McMahon, an elderly spinster who used to spend her spare time partying with Volvo mechanics.
Interrupted sentence
These students -- selfish, deceitful, and sadistic -- were evidence of their parent's muddled values.
Interrupted sentence
The teacher -- what could she have been thinking -- gave all the students A's on the exam.
Periodic sentence
Throwing her prom dress out the window, she vowed to spend the rest of her life as a welder.
Periodic sentence
With jaunty arms and style in his step, whistling barely beneath his breath, Jerome struts down the street.
Simple parallel
She looked tired, frustrated, and disgusted.
Complex parallel
Robert E. Lee was a foe without hate, a friend without treachery, a soldier without cruelty.
Complex parallel
The average American citizen is apathetic to the political process, confused by legislative deviousness, manipulated by the power structures and ignorant of what all this can mean to his or her life.
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