Happy Valentine’s Day, gentlefriends! To me, Valentine’s Day is just another day that isn’t my birthday, but I understand that for some people it inspires a treacly sort of sentimentality. As a nod to the holiday, today’s examples will all treat on the theme of romance. XOXO.
Epixeuxis: A word is used both first and last in a sentence.
Epanelepsis: The repetition (often successive) of a key word. For reference, see pretty much any song by Rihanna.
Expletive: Not the use of profanity, but rather the insertion of a superfluous word or phrase for rhythmic purposes–most notably to slow the reader’s momentum and imbue the words/clauses on either side of the Expletive with special emphasis.
Litotes: A assertion is expressed through the refutation of its opposite: an indirect and elegant device whose effectiveness rapidly diminishes with overuse.
Rhetorical Question: The positing of a question to which the logical answer is obvious. A good way to establish a rapport with the reader and leave them predisposed to agreeableness.
Anantapodoton: The conclusion (main clause) of a sentence (Syncresis) is implicit, rather than stated. Ensure there are enough hints for the reader to make the desired inference!