Onomatopoeia: ‘…and murmuring of innumerable bees.’
‘The moan of doves in immemorial elms
And murmuring of innumerable bees.’
These lines, from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s ‘Come Down, O Maid’, are frequently used as a skilful instance of onomatopoeia. The use of alliteration enhances the effectiveness of ‘murmuring’.
Simile: ‘Like an over-ripe camembert cheese.’
‘Most of the windows were broken, the cream facing tiles covered by huge patches of fungus, and the whole complex looked like an over-ripe camembert cheese.’ Taken from J.G. Ballard’s ‘The Drowned World’, this is an effective simile, which follows a longer description giving details of the mud oozing, the general collapse of buildings and the pile up of silt as the flooded world takes over man-made structures and slowly returns them to nature. The softness imaged through the over-ripe camembert is a brilliant use of simile.
And similes to avoid because they’re clichés?
as soft as a brush, as soft as shit, as soft as silk
Collective Nouns: bed of daffodils;
When Wordsworth encountered a bed of daffodils, he was inspired to write his famous poem ‘The Daffodils’ with its famous first line, ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’, but he avoided the use of ‘bed’ and instead used ‘host’ to describe the multitude.
Other collections using ‘bed’ are:
bed of clams, bed of flowers, bed of oysters, bed of snakes
Delusional Dictionary: Newspaper: any dishonest, printed version of events presented as truths; a publication owned by elites and used to control the ill-educated by preying on their prejudices and ignorance; a paper version of soft pornography; a publication advertising news but presenting opinion and speculation.
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