After this colorful condemnation of the White House Correspondents Dinner…
3. ” , at this dinner each year”
Ellipsis take space where words are omitted. The resulting effect is usually one of longing, melancholy, or momentary suspense… In this poem, the ellipsis provide a sense of layering ideas, culminating in a powerful critique of the event. The absurd punctuation certainly has the feel of an ee cummings poem.
8. “I like her”
A basic form of repetition, antanaclasis refers to reusing a word to a new effect. Here, the poet uses “like” as an adjective in the first clause and a verb in the second. The repetition sounds lyrical and helps to express the speaker’s enthusiasm about liking her.
Often directed at inanimate objects or someone who is not present, apostrophe breaks normal speaking patterns through an exclamatory address. Here, the speaker addresses “Kayla” directly, but likely speaks to a broader audience, expressing intense frustration.