Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Weird Literary Terms Part 3

My sister said that Echophonesis was her favorite Literary Term, so I thought I would do a quick post on it.
It's not really used nowadays. I first discovered it in Shakespeare. It is the expression "O!"

"O!" may look like "Oh!" but they are not the same (at least when reading them out loud).
"Oh!" is pronounced exactly how you would think. "Oh!"
When you see "O!" however, it means you have the freedom to make whatever sound you want:

Take your pick :-)

"...the rest is silence./ O! O! O! O!" 
~Hamlet's last words (Hamlet 5.2.395-6)
(Note: These last O!'s are often omitted by editors, as they are just an indication for the actor to make sounds appropriate to dying.)

Hamlet's death

Do any of you know of any weird literary terms? Let me know in the comments and I'll do a post on them!


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