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Entertainment / Literature / Prosthesis: Adding an extra syllable or letters to the beginning of a word for poetic effect. Shakespeare writes in his sonnets, 'All alone, I beweep my outcast state.' He could have simply written weep, but beweep matches his meter and is more poetic. Too many students are all afrightened by the use of prosthesis. Prosthesis creates a poetic effect, turning a run-of-the-mill word into something novel. Prosthesis is an example of a rhetorical scheme. It results in a neologism.
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