Figures of speech: Sound devices

Figures of speech that focus on certain sounds are called sound devices. Some repeat specific words within or across phrases, clauses and sentences, while others repeat certain sounds in nearby words.

Writers of all kinds use sound devices because the repetition, rhythm (and sometimes rhyme) that they create make them great for emphasizing main ideas, persuading readers and listeners, evoking emotion, and making writing catchy or memorable. That's why you'll find examples of sound devices in texts as varied as poems, political speeches, advertising slogans and nursery rhymes!

See if you can identify the sound device in the example given in each of the questions below. We bet that you'll learn some new words, just like we did when writing this quiz!

Date modified: 2020-09-08

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