Language Techniques

Technique | Definition | Example | Effect |
Alliteration | the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning or closely connected words. | Peter Pepper picked a peck of pickled peppers | Alliteration focuses readers' attention on a particular section of text. |
Emotive Language | Emotive language is the deliberate choice of words to provoke emotions | The victims were executed in cold blood. | To persuade audience and engage with their emotions |
Enjambment | the continuation of a sentence without a pause beyond the end of a line | My heart leaps up when I beholdA rainbow in the sky: | Maintains the specific rhythm of the poem which allows the audience to better understand the main idea. |
Punctuation | the marks, such as full stop, comma, and brackets, used in writing to separate sentences and their elements and to clarify meaning.
| What a Great Day! | Varies according to the actual marks but generally conveys a state of emotion to the viewers. |
Humour | Humor is a literary tool that makes audience laugh, or that intends to induce amusement or laughter. | Doctor, when my hand gets better, will I be able to play the piano?" "Of course" said the doctor. "That’s great. I could never play the piano before!" | arouses interest among readers, sustains their attention, helps them connect with the characters, emphasizes and relates ideas and helps the readers to picture the situation. |
Imagery | Visually descriptive or figurative language
| He felt like the flowers were waving him a hello.Her face blossomed when she caught a glance of him. | The purpose of imagery in poetry is to help get the poet's message across in language that is strong, vivid and very visual. |
Juxtaposition | the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.
| The Mans Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay | To surprise their readers and evoke their interest by means of developing a comparison between two dissimilar things...