Sample Literature Paper on Figures of Speeches
Figure of Speech refers to a phrase in a work of poetry that has a meaning apart from a literal meaning. A simile or metaphor can be used by a poet to explain a hidden concept. William Shakespeare, Sarah Kay and Tim Siebles are famous for using several types of figures of speech when writing their works. The use of alliteration entails repetition of the beginning sounds in a single sentence. On the other hand, use of Anaphora occurs when a poet begins a phrase with the same words in the sequence of sentences. There is also, assonance; when a poet repeats vowel sounds in words that are together (Pissano, Falke & Willholder 23). Consequently, poets use hyperbole which exaggerates information in a phrase to bring the right meaning to the reader.
The use of Anaphora by William Shakespeare in ‘Macbeth’ is evident in the first line of Act five, scene five when he repeats the words tomorrow three times. The context helps us understand the depth of Macbeth’s despair and his view on the meaninglessness of life (Shakespeare,25). Tim Siebles writes on intimacy, class conflicts and racial tension using a fast turning language. The use of personification helps Sarah Kay communicate vital information through poems. She endows inanimate objects with human qualities to show that love is a natural phenomenon not easily comprehensible. In the poem “if I should have a daughter” she uses paradox to demonstrate the importance of a girl. Tim Siebles on the other hand, uses both personification and irony when he compares certain people to mosquitoes. The dream is to establish selfishness by humanity to exploit both poor and rich.
Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Naxos, 2014. Sound Recording.
Pisano, Falke, and Will Holder. Figures of Speech. JRP/Ringier, 2012.