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Ten stylistic devices for text analysis

Ancient and still very current: Stylistic devices are everywhere

Okay, okay: The fact that you first have to learn various technical terms by heart in order to be able to recognize and name rhetorical figures can be a bit annoying. But it is not for nothing that they have been in use since ancient times.

Every stylistic device has a certain effect, for example clarity, special emphasis or the creation of tension. In public speeches, in texts of all kinds and also in advertising that is why the linguistic means are still and again and again very popular - and it is worthwhile to (recognize) the little language tricks.

1. Alliteration

Alliteration is perhaps the best-known stylistic device. It consists of at least two consecutive words that have the same beginning. Important here: It's all about sound. "Math makes me tired!" is just as much an alliteration as the "weird character" in your favorite series or the "childish clown" on your little sister's birthday.

2. Anaphora

In the anaphor, the words are repeated at the beginning of two consecutive sentences or verses. Would you like an example? Please: "I love to get up early. I love to go to school."

3. Euphemism

The euphemism is a glossing over by which something unpleasant is circumscribed or "nicely packaged". Your chemistry exam z. B. you have not completely screwed up - it "just went a little suboptimally"

4. Hyperbola

The hyperbola is exaggerating. With it, two tasks in math and English become "a mountain of homework", with which it is impossible to take care of the washing up.

5. Comparison

The comparison links two areas of meaning by highlighting the similarities. A good indication is often the word "like": "This time I'm really hot as French fries for the holidays."