Polyptoton (the stylistic scheme in which words derived from the same root are repeated)


He’d often rehearse being all laid out in the back of a hearse
On his back in his bed, which he never made but laid in just the same:
How he’d cross his arms to hold a cross or a rose
That meant he’d stop all his rising.
He knew he’d stop feeling so tense if he was just living past-tense.


An exercise from Mark Forsyth’s The Elements of Eloquence
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Alliteration (the use of repeated consonant sounds)


The monk sits in long silence,
Swallowed up by a lotus
In sleep meant to stir the soul.

But now moss comes marching across every stone
And the monk must move to remain alone.


An exercise from Mark Forsyth’s The Elements of Eloquence
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