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Wondrous Words Wednesday

An image for the weekly meme Wondrous Words Wednesday… Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading.

It is hosted by Kathy, over at BermudaOnion’s Weblog.

You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.

Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments  as well, so that we can visit and share your words of the week!

 My first words this time, are taken from the author biography of a new book I have been asked to read, ‘And The Soft Wind Blows’ by Lance Umenhofer … The storyline itself sounds completely surreal and unlike anything I have read before and although I am, on occasion, a lover of poetry, I must admit to not knowing the individual elements of poetry style …

ANAPHORAALLITERATIONSLANT RHYME

‘And the Soft Wind Blows’ is written in what Lance Umenhofer refers to as: “Poetic Fiction,” which combines elements of poetry into a prose narrative. He uses : anaphora, rhyme, slant rhyme, alliteration, repetition, among other poetic attributes.

ANAPHORA …

The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs; for example, “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills” (Winston S. Churchill).

The use of a linguistic unit, such as a pronoun, to refer back to another unit; for example the use of her to refer to Anne in the sentence Anne asked Edward to pass her the salt.

ALLITERATION …

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables, as in “on scrolls of silver snowy sentences”. Modern alliteration is predominantly consonantal; certain literary traditions, such as Old English verse, also alliterate using vowel sounds.

SLANT RHYME …

Use of words that do not rhyme exactly but have a similar sound.

A partial or imperfect rhyme, often using assonance or consonance only, as in dry and died or grown and moon. Also called half rhyme, near rhyme, oblique rhyme, off rhyme.

My next couple of words come from ‘Kiss Of The Butterfly’, by James Lyon, a book which I recently finished and which has provided several words for WWW over the last few weeks.

GNOSTICBOGOMIL

“You sound like a gnostic or a bogomil,” Steven said

GNOSTIC …

Of, relating to, or possessing intellectual or spiritual knowledge.

Of or relating to Gnosticism (The doctrines of certain pre-Christian pagan, Jewish, and early Christian sects that valued the revealed knowledge of God and of the origin and end of the human race as a means to attain redemption for the spiritual element in humans and that distinguished the Demiurge from the unknowable Divine Being.)

BOGOMIL …

was a member of a heretical sect that originated in Bulgaria in the tenth century. The sect was evidently named after its founder, the priest Bogomil.

Bogomilism was dualistic in nature — that is, its followers believed that both good and evil forces created the universe. Bogomils believed that the material world was created by the devil, and they therefore condemned all activities that brought mankind into close contact with matter, including eating meat, drinking wine, and marriage. Bogomils were noted and even praised by their enemies for their austerity, but their rejection of the entire organization of the Orthodox Church made them heretics, and they were therefore sought out for conversion and, in some cases, persecution.

Well, I seem to have gone very ‘highbrow’ with my words this week. I am not sure when I would ever get to use any of them at a conversational level, or even whether I shall ever remember them for very long, however I am always curious to know just exacty what it is I am reading about.

I am looking forward to checking out everyone else’s words of the week.

 

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