A-Z: General definitions
- Pagan gods
- Palatine Hill
- Palm Sunday
- Papal bull
- Paradise Lost
- Parish Church
- Parish priest
A-Z: General definitions: Parallelism
DefinitionA linguistic device whereby an idea, image, sentence is paralleled by another in a repeating pattern. The poetry of the Old Testament is largely constructed in this way: one line being followed by a second or even third line constructed in a similar way, containing a similar idea or image. At one extreme, rhyme itself could be seen as a parallelism, being repeating sounds.
1. Imitation, copy, likeness, statue, picture in literature, art or imagination. 2. A figure of speech in which a person or object or happening is described in terms of some other person, object or action (i.e. as a metaphor or simile)
The device, frequently used at the ends of lines in poetry, where words with the same sound are paired, sometimes for contrast ' for example, 'breath' and 'death'.
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