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Creative Writing: Poetry: Trope


(literally a turn) The element of poetry that includes all forms of comparison and transfer of meaning by means of which language means doubly. Since the late Middle Ages, trope has been associated with figures of thought rather than figures of speech. But rather than being completely separate, figures of thought connect with these figures of speech at the points where words achieve the greatest physicality owing to meter and rhyme and the layered doubleness of meaning known as pun (Kinzie, 1999).

Resources for Trope