Please explain all these figures of speech
"It will never ... pass into " - enjambment
​"Therefore or every morrow, are we wreathing - inversion
"A flowery bond... to the earth.", "cooking covert", "simple sheep" - alliteration
"Of noble.. of all the.. " - anaphora
"old and young"- antithesis
Used in the poem 'A thing of Beauty'

Dear Student,

Enjambment means moving over from one line to another, without leaving punctuation marks. A sentence, phrase or thought doesn't end with the end of line in a verse, but rather, carries on to the next line. You can see in the following four lines how each idea isn't completed at the end of one line; instead, it carries on and only ends in the middle of the next line. 

"Its loveliness increases, it will never
Pass into nothingness; but will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing." 

Enjambment is used to manipulate the rhythm of a poem. 


Inversion is when we alter the normal order of words in order to achieve emphasis or a type of meter. While writing as a regular sentence, we might frame it as "we are wreathing...", but here, the poet frames it as "are we wreathing... ". 


Alliteration is when nearby words start with same consonant sound. This improves the musical quality of the poem. 

'Band to bind..", "noble natures" and "cooling covert" are examples of this from the poem. 


"...of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways" 

These verses are a great example of anaphora. Notice that every phrase and line begins with the word "of". This is exactly what anaphora is. ​ It is the repetition of a word or words at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses, or lines to create a musical effect and to help give emphasis.


Antithesis is the use of two terms or phrases that have opposite meanings, next to each other. It helps to give strength to an argument and also, make the line more memorable to the reader. 

"Trees old, and young..." is a perfect example for this.

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