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Metaphor – Rhetorical Styles

What is a metaphor? (Definition) The stylistic metaphor belongs to the tropics: the actual word is replaced by a pictorial expression from another world of concepts. A metaphor is therefore not always clear. It has to be interpreted. Although metaphors can be explained by paraphrasing, some of their impact and / or meaning may be lost. What are tropics? Tropics…

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Litotes – Rhetorical Styles

What is a Litotes? The Litotes (from Greek “litótēs” = simplicity, restraint) is a rhetorical stylistic device. It belongs to the tropics and is closely related to irony . What are tropics? Tropics is the generic term for a number of stylistic devices . In a trope (also: Tropus) is always an improper and pictorial expression. The meaning is not…

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Climax – Rhetorical stylistic device

What is a climax? The Climax (from ancient Greek “klimax” = ladder) is a rhetorical stylistic device of enhancement . In several (usually three) stages Klimax puts together words, phrases or phrases, moving from a weak expression to a stronger one to the strongest. The last term of the sequence thus represents its climax. Example: “I begged, begged, begged on…

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Irony – Rhetorical stylistic devices

What is irony? Irony is a rhetorical stylistic device that signifies improper speech: to understand what is meant, it is therefore necessary to turn the speaker’s statement into its exact opposite. Since irony can often be unambiguously decoded only by means of verbal signals (“distorted” voice, undertone) or nonverbal signals (facial expressions, gestures), this stylistic device is used primarily in…

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Hyperbola – Rhetorical style means

What is a hyperbola? The hyperbola (from ancient Greek “hyper bállein” = throw beyond the target, surpass) is a rhetorical stylistic device that belongs to the word characters. Their hallmark is the emphasis on exaggeration . Because the hyperbola can move in the vicinity of irony, it is occasionally attributed to the tropics . What are tropics? Tropics is the…

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Euphemism – Rhetoric stylistic devices

What is a euphemism? Euphemism is a stylistic device that belongs to the tropics . It is used to euphemize or mitigate a fact, an object or a person. Linguistic concealment of a term attempts to make unpleasant truths sound more positive. Euphemisms are therefore found in literature as well as in everyday life, in advertising, in business and politics.…

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Ellipse – Rhetorical stylistic device

Ellipse – the art of omission The ellipse is a stylistic device that can break the foundations of grammar. Sentence structures which lack elementary components become correct because they are nevertheless understandable and at the same time lighten the text or the speech. Certain parts of a set can be recessed using the ellipse. The German usage allows this omission,…

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Assonance – Rhetorical Styles

What is an assonance? Assonance is a stylistic device and denotes the linguistic consonance of two or more words. The phonetic agreement is based on an accumulation or repetition of vowels ; Consonants are ignored. The term assonance is derived from the Latin verb »assonare« (hint, tune in). Well-known assonances in everyday use J a hr and a T g…

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Narration – Literary Texts

Narratives as own text genre The story is probably one of the oldest genres in literature. Still, defining a narrative is not easy. On the basis of certain characteristics and properties, this text form can be outlined quite accurately. Together with some examples, this gives a very accurate picture of the nature of a narrative. The narrative – attempt a…

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