List of Examples of Stylistic Devices

1506 Words Mar 31st, 2013 7 Pages
Lexical stylistic devices
Metaphor.
Sustained metaphor
O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy,
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
[William Blake “The sick rose” http://www.poetry-archive.com/b/the_sick_rose.html] novel metaphor:
Time is jealous of you and wars against your lilies and your roses
[Wilde O. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Penguin books. 1994. P.30]
Conventional metaphor
"If all the world's a stage, where is the audience sitting?"
[by Steven Wright “Anatomy of English humor” Lev Barsky Либроком, Москва, 2012]
Genuine methaphor
The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty, becomes sluggish
[Wilde O. The Picture of Dorian Gray.
…show more content…
[Maugham “The happy man”.”Short stories” Vintage books.1998. P.219].
Sentential epithet-
Mrs. Vane glanced at her, and with one of those false theatrical gestures that so often become a mode of second nature to a stage-player, clasped her in her arms.
[Wilde O. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Penguin books. 1994. P.74]
Oxymoron
I knew Salvatore first when a boy of fifteen with a pleasant ugly face…
[Maugham “The Salvatore”.”Short stories” Vintage books.1998. P.157].
Hyperbole
I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
[Wilde O. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Penguin books. 1994. P.16]
Periphrasis
My dear Tina, we have paid our homage to Neptune. He will forgive us if we now turn our backs on him.'
[Aaron Kampman Jersey , west-country folksong: “As Sylvie Was Walking” http://whoced.net/pt/perilous-/blog.htm]
Decomposition of a set phrase
He saw a notice saying, KEEP TO THE WRONG [Colier J. “Half way to hell”. P. 335]
I am of a roving disposition
[Maugham “The happy man”.”Short stories” Vintage books.1998. P.157].
Euphemism
You know I am not a champion of marriage.
[Wilde O. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Penguin books. 1994. P.97]

Syntactical stylistic devices
Stylistic inversion
Had he not, guide-book in hand, traversed the forsaken streets of Pompeii? –[Evelyn Waugh “Decline and Fall”, P. 149]
Detached structure And he walked slowly past again, along the river - an evening of clear, quiet