Grasping God’s Word – Chapter 20

Topics: LiteraturePoetry


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Last updated: December 10, 2019

Genre characterized by terseness, a high degree of structure and figurative imagery

Use of a minimum number of words; words are chosen to maximize their impact

One thought is expressed by two lines of text

synonymous parallelism
Parallelism that involves a close similarity between lines using words with similar meaning

developmental parallelism
Parallelism where the second line further develops the idea of the first

illustrative parallelism
Parallelism where line A conveys an idea and line B illustrates it with an example

contrastive parallelism
Parallelism where line B contrasts line A

formal parallelism
Miscellaneous, catch-all category of parallelism

Poem in which each successive line starts with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet

figurative imagery
Major medium by which poets communicate their message

Figure of speech that makes a comparison by using like or as

Figure of speech that draws an analogy by direct statement without like or as

indirect analogy
Figure of speech that uses the analogous item without directly stating the comparison

Occurs when a truth is overstated for the sake of effect to such an extent that a literal fulfillment is either impossible or completely ridiculous

Involves attributing human features or characteristics to nonhuman entities

Involves representing God with human features or characteristics

Involves representing God with animal imagery

effects and causes (metonym)
Figure of speech in which a thing or concept is called not by its own name but rather by the name of something associated in meaning with that thing or concept

representation (synecdoche)
Figure of speech where a representative part of an entity is referenced instead of the entity itself

Addressing a person as if they are present when they are not actually present

Occurs when the writer says the exact opposite of what he means

Literary technique that plays off variant meanings of a word or off sounding similar

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