Stylistic Devices – Did you know these before you began GCSE?


Where words sound alike at the end of lines of poetry, or sometimes, in the middle of a line of poetry.

 Eg. “word” and “heard”



Where there is a rhythm to either a song, or a poem, or a piece of prose writing. This determines the pace of reading a text.

Eg. A slow, determined pace in poems



A way of comparing two things by using the words “like a” or “as a” in comparison of one element to another.

Eg. “He took to the work like a duck to water.”



A figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object.

Eg. ”The traffic is murder today!”



The use of letter sounds at the beginning of words, usually but not always in poetry, to emphasise the sounds of something.

Eg. “Woman much missed, how you call to me…”

Thomas Hardy – The Voice


We will come to them later in the year as we look at the poetry, but be prepared to begin using some of these in your writing; your sentences will come to life if you can figure out how to use them.