figures of sound
figures of speech
groupings index

Many figures rely for their effect through some emphasis upon the aural qualities of expression. These include:

  • alliteration
    Repetition of the same sound at the beginning of two or more stressed syllables.
  • paroemion
    Alliteration taken to an extreme—every word in a sentence begins with the same consonant.
  • assonance
    Repetition of similar vowel sounds, preceded and followed by different consonants, in the stressed syllables of adjacent words.
  • paromoiosis
    Parallelism of sound between the words of adjacent clauses whose lengths are equal or approximate to one another.
  • consonance
    The repetition of consonants in words stressed in the same place (but whose vowels differ). Also, a kind of inverted alliteration, in which final consonants, rather than initial or medial ones, repeat in nearby words.
  • onomatopoeia
    Using language whose sound imitates that which it names.

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