Stylistic devices by substitution

Stylistic devices by substitution
Stylistic devices by substitution

After having seen different types of stylistic resources, such as those that work by adding words, by deleting them or by changing the order of the elements, the time has come to talk about resources based on substitution.


This type of figures or resources are various and with different characteristics.

The hint. With it we are referring to something or someone but at no time do we mention it by name.

The euphemism. This resource consists of softening the way of naming some rather harsh, infamous or disgusting concept or adjective.

La prosopopeya. On this occasion, what is done is to provide characteristics of animate beings to inanimate objects, and they can even be applied to abstract concepts.

The personification. By extension, prosopopeia becomes a personification when acts or characteristics of human beings are attributed to animals.

The hyperbole. It is one of the most used resources, both in written and oral language, since it is about exaggerating an issue always with the purpose of highlighting a specific aspect or data.

The periphrasis. The periphrasis is a resource or rhetorical figure whose use can sometimes be very successful, but can also be somewhat pedantic, and that is that it consists of namingsomewhat by going around and even providing its full dictionary definition before its simpler name.

The rhetorical question. We all know the answer, in fact no one expects a rhetorical question to be answered, but it can be a very elegant way to engage the reader in a text, change the pace or contextualize an issue.

The apostrophe. Here it is a very curious resource through which a direct call is made to a recipient other than the reader or the general public. An example could be the introduction of invocations to God.

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