Alliteration - The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables, as in "on scrolls of silver snowy sentences" (Hart Crane). Modern alliteration is predominantly consonantal; certain literary traditions, such as Old English verse, also alliterate using vowel sounds.
Anaphora - The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs; for example, "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills" (Winston S. Churchill).
1. Linguistics. The use of a linguistic unit, such as a pronoun, to refer back to another unit, as the use of her to refer to Anne in the sentence Anne asked Edward to pass her the salt.
Antithesis - Direct contrast; opposition.
-The direct or exact opposite: Hope is the antithesis of despair.
1. A figure of speech in which sharply contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in a balanced or parallel phrase or grammatical structure, as in "Hee for God only, shee for God in him" (John Milton).
2. The second and contrasting part of such a juxtaposition.
-The second stage of the Hegelian dialectic process, representing the opposite of the thesis.
Apotheosis - Exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification.
1. Elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification: "Many observers have tried to attribute Warhol's current apotheosis to the subversive power of artistic vision" (Michiko Kakutani).
2. An exalted or glorified example: Their leader was the apotheosis of courage.
Blank verse - Verse consisting of unrhymed lines, usually of iambic pentameter.
Caesura - A pause in a line of verse dictated by sense or natural speech rhythm rather than by metrics.
1. A pause or interruption, as in conversation: After another weighty caesura the senator resumed speaking.
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