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What would we call this literary device? [duplicate]

To best describe it, when the same word or family of words is used twice in the same sentence to provide an ironic meaning. For instance, "raiding English from the English, stealing poetry from ...
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Is there a term for sharing a word between multiple lines of a poem/song?

In Jonathan Coulton's "Sticking It To Myself," the first word or phrase in one line (bolded) often also serves as the last word in the next line without repetition: And I heard everything ...
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Which literary device swaps ideas between clauses? [duplicate]

While thinking of an appropriate inscription for my dad’s headstone, the following phrase came to mind: “He served his country with honor, and honored his wife with love.” Can this sentence be ...
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What is the name of the poetic device where the author creates neologisms/malaprops to complete the rhyme?

I just learned about slant rhyming where you use a distorted not quite rhyme. Emily Dickinson is noted or these. (I personally don't like these, as they distract. Much like trying to make a pun on ...
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Poetic technique for taking a usually comforting thing in a scary context?

Poetic technique for taking a usually comforting thing in a scary context? Context: I was wondering what the name of the poetic technique was, where one takes something which is usually light, ...
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What is the difference between 'transferred epithet' and 'metaphor'?

In the poem 'My Mother at Sixty-six' by Kamala Das (which I have attached below), what is the poetic device in the line 'the merry children spilling out of their homes'? I feel like it should be ...
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Does this poetic device have a name

Consider this couplet (it's just an example) The driver drove home safely. The Traveller returned home. The driver drove home. Safely, the Traveller returned home. If the placement of the ...
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What are the poetic devices used in this sentence?

In the following sentence, I'm hesitant toward which of these devices: Assonance, consonance, alliteration, repetition and rhyme is/are being used with the bold words. "Then I bethought me of a ...
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In a poetic structure using an AABBA scheme, should the final line's meter match the first two's? [closed]

I'm writing a poem for a class, my upper-level college written comp class, and we weren't told what structure to use but that we needed to use an established poetic structure employing verse as ...
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What types of indirect references are and aren't allusions?

In school I learned that allusions are indirect references. Often my teachers would give examples in the form of references to well-known literary works. If I say "I can read the writing on the wall"...
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Can English have words that are both alliterations and also rhyme?

I’m wondering whether it’s possible for words to not only alliterate with each other but also rhyme with each other at the same time. Is it? It seems like it should be possible, especially if you ...