Tag: Figures of Speech

Alliteration and Anaphora

Alliteration and Anaphora Alliteration This is the repetition of the same initial consonant sound in close succession. Examples: The daily diary of the American dream. (Wall Street Journal – Slogan) You’ll never put a better bit of butter on your knife. (Country Life Butter – Advertising Slogan) Anaphora This is the repetition of a word…...

Antithesis and Apostrophe

Antithesis and Apostrophe Antithesis This literary device is one in which an opposition or contrast of ideas/words/phrases are expressed. Examples: I’ll be damned if I do it, damned if I don’t. When there is need for silence, you speak, and when there is need for speech, you are silent. Apostrophe This figure of speech is…...

Assonance and Euphemism

Assonance and Euphemism Assonance This is the similarity in sound of internal vowels in neighbouring words. Examples: “It beats as it sweeps as it cleans.” (Hoover Vacuum Cleaners- Slogan) “I must confess that in my quest I felt depressed and restless.” ( Thin Lizzy, “With Love”) Euphemism The use of a mild or less direct…...

Hyperbole and Irony

Hyperbole and Irony Hyperbole This is the use of an exaggeration for emphasis. Examples: On visiting Tivoli Gardens in Kingston Jamaica, after the onslaught between criminal elements and security forces, the state of the infrastructure far exceeded video clips of images in Iraq. On reading the candidate’s speech, it was so well written; it reminded…...

Metaphor and Oxymoron

Metaphor and Oxymoron Metaphor This is a comparison made between two things, without the use of the words ‘as’ or ‘like’. Examples: That Jessie James is a snake. She is a rainbow. Oxymoron This exists when contradicting words are used together (one is used to modify the other). Examples: Expressions like: original copy; found missing;…...

Paradox and Personification

Paradox and Personification Paradox This is a self-contradicting statement or position. Examples: “War is peace.” “Freedom is slavery.” “Ignorance is strength.” (George Orwell, 1984) You can save money by spending it. Personification This is the giving of human qualities and or abilities to inanimate objects. Examples: Fear knocked on the door. This camera hates me;…...

Pun and Simile

Pun and Simile Pun This is a play on words, particularly words that have more than one meaning in the context used. Examples: The police reportedly found a peep hole in one of the rooms; we contacted the local office, and they said they were looking into it. An archaeologist is a person whose career…...