paronomasia


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a humorous play on words

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Kedar-Kopfstein, Benjamin (1993) Paronomasia in Biblical Texts: Logical and Psychological Aspects.
On paronomasia as an Islamic rhetorical figure, see W.
In his commentary on "The Wreck" John Keating has suggested that "Orion" may be read as a possible paronomasia on Oriens, "an epithet for Christ derived from the song of Zachary: 'the Orient (AV, day spring) from on high hath visited us' (Lk 1.
Peterfreund's delight in the rhetoric of paronomasia is evident when he characterizes the culture Beatrice lives in as "at once patriarchal and petrarchal.
Linguists who prefer big words call this paronomasia.
Venice is Venus by paronomasia, and Venus, whose beauty was born of the sea, is also a metaphor for Venice.
Partnering Paronomasia at Carlisle two years ago, he forgot the extended two-mile-one-furlong handicap start was shared with a sprint and collected a seven-day ban for failing to acquaint himself with the course.
The rhetorics of Shakespeare's time distinguished a number of different kinds of phonetic, semantic, and syntactic overlapping, for example, paronomasia, antanaclasis, asteismus, and syllepsis.
Whether Banquo as a "banquet" is a true diaphora here, the repetition certainly offers a good paronomasia approximating that figure.
132) in the Exeter Maxims elicits a knee-jerk note citing Roberta Frank's influential paper on paronomasia in Old English scriptural verse (p.
Guo takes particular care to point out allusions, instances of paronomasia, double entendre, and other figures of speech, not only in the chapter "The Ornament of the Poetry" (pp.
The mocking sound of the paronomasia "fair attitude" somewhat dilutes the factuality of the new approach, (57) but sticks to the facts, the Attic provenance and character of the urn, risking a pun rather than resorting to an awkward "fair Atticness.
Ronsard, like his precursor and successor, uses paronomasia, referring to his beloved Helene as "ma douce haleine" ("my sweet breath") (Selected Poems 41).
This squares with Brodsky's whole life and oeuvre, dominated as they are by a search for selfhood, while Pasternak pursues a very Russian sobornost' ("togetherness" is the closest English word for it, though it lacks the paronomasia with sober, "cathedral"), which is important in Mandelshtam as well.
The pun depends on paronomasia ("eques" -- "equuleus"); it seems doubtful to me that Erasmus is playing on the double sense of "equuleus," as the ASD commentators suggest.