Asyndeton. A form of expression in which elements customarily joined by conjunctions are presented in a series without conjunctions. EX: Caesar’s “Veni, vidi, vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered”). Ballad.
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A form of expression in which elements customarily joined by conjunctions are presented in a series without conjunctions.
EX: Caesar’s “Veni, vidi, vici”
(“I came, I saw, I conquered”)
A form of verse to be sung or recited and characterized by its presentation of a dramatic or exciting episode in narrative form.
Loosely, any unrhymed poetry, but more generally, unrhymed iambic pentameter verse
EX: John Milton's Paradise Lost is in blank verse, as are most of William Shakespeare's plays.
A pause in a line of poetry, usually occurring near the middle. It typically corresponds to a break in the natural rhythm or sense of the line but is sometimes shifted to create special meanings or rhythmic effects.
EX: Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary....
A pattern in which the second part is balanced against the first but with the parts reversed. Named after the Greek letter “chi” (X) because it reflects a mirror image.
EX: Coleridge’s line
“Flowers are lovely, love is flowerlike”
The use of slang or informalities in speech or writing. Not generally acceptable for formal writing, colloquialisms give the work a conversational, familiar tone. Colloquial expressions in writing include local or regional dialects.
EX: That test really kicked my butt.
a sentence with two or more subjects
EX: Keith and Sandy are going out of town
for the weekend.
a fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between dissimilar objects. A conceit displays intellectual cleverness due to the unusual comparison being made.
EX: John Donne compares love to a compass in “Valediction: Forbidding Mourning.”
The implications of a word or phrase, as opposed to its exact meaning.
Ex: Fat and plump mean the same but fat
has a harsher connotation.
words within a line of poetry have the same consonant sound, as with "stuff" and "off."
EX: From Thomas Grey's "An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard"
The curfew tolls the knells of parting day