Figuratively Speaking ~ Alliteration

Alliteration is the repetition of beginning sounds in words which are adjacent or very close to each other. It was a distinguishing feature of Old English poetry: No guest on God’s earth would he gladlier greet. ~ Sir Gawain and Continue Reading

Figuratively Speaking: Irony

Cicero said that the figure of irony is “saying one thing and meaning another”—thus, it is a trope of semantic inversion. Irony is often used to mock, ridicule, or jest.  As with pun, recognition of irony requires a great deal of perception Continue Reading

Anemographia: Word-Painting the Wind

Did you ever fall in love with a literary term? I’ve grown fond of certain words before – names of flowers, places and even food (I don’t know if I’ve ever actually eaten eggs benedict, but I’d still like to Continue Reading

Figuratively Speaking ~ Astrothesia

Astrothesia is another figure of description we cover in Cottage Press Language Lessons and Language Arts. Recall that a figure of description is a vivid portayal – “a bringing to life” in the mind’s eye of the reader.  Figures of description are classified by Continue Reading