Stylistic Devices (Rhetorical Devices, Figures of Speech)

On the following pages, we will explain some of the most important stylistic devices (also called rhetorical devices or figures of speech) – they are not only useful for analysing texts, but also for creating your own texts.

Stylistic devices make your speeches, essays etc. more interesting and lively and help you to get and keep your readers / listeners attention.

Stylistic Devices
Alliteration
Allusion
Anaphora
Antithesis
Hyperbole
Hypophora
Litotes
Metaphor
Metonymy
Narration Technique see: Points of view
Onomatopoeia
Parallelism
Parenthesis
Personification
Points of view
Repetition
Rhetorical Question
Simile
Synecdoche
Understatement