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Transcript of Rhetorical Devices
Courtney McConnell Anaphora Example Ellipsis Example Example Polysyndeton Repetition of a word or
phrase at the beginning
of successive phrases, clauses, or lines Elie Wiesel, Night 2001: A Space Odyssey The omission of one or
more words, which must be
supplied by the listener
or reader "Single Ladies" by Beyonce The repetition of conjunctions
in a series of coordinating
words, phrases, or clauses Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never. Metonymy Substitution of one word for another which it suggests Ring represents marriage or commitment Example "Most motor-cars are conglomerations (this is a long word for bundles) of steel and wire and rubber and plastic, and electricity and oil and petrol and water, and the toffee papers you pushed down the crack in the back seat last Sunday."
Ian Fleming, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car use of an older or obsolete form Archaism "Lord, thou hast examined me
and knowest me.
Thou knowest all, whether I sit
down or rise up:
thou hast discerned my
thoughts from afar"
-Psalms 139 Example a litany of abuse -- a series of critical epithets, descriptions, or attributes Bdelygmia "We are courted by blow-dried, focus-grouped, stage-managed, photo-opped, sloganeering, false-smiling, hand-clasping, back-slapping would-be leaders who say they feel our pain and understand our concerns and maybe sometimes they do, but all too often, it seems they feel little and understand less."
-Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald columnist Example use of words to imitate natural sounds; accommodation of sound to sense Onomatopoeia Example two corresponding pairs arranged not in parallels (a-b-a-b) but in inverted order (a-b-b-a); from the shape of the Greek letter chi (X). A verbal pattern in which the second half of an expression is balanced against the first but with the parts reversed (similar to antimetabole) Chiasmus "With my mind on my money, and my money on my mind."
-Snoop Dogg Example Antistrophe Repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses Example Asyndeton Lack of conjunctions between coordinate phrases, clauses, or words Example Euphemism Substitution of an agreeable or at least non-offensive expression for one whose plainer meaning might be harsh or unpleasant Example "Wardrobe malfunction"
(Justin Timberlake's description of his tearing of Janet Jackson's costume during a half-time performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII) Paraprosdokian A surprise or unexpected ending in a phrase or series Example "She got her good looks from her father; he's a plastic surgeon."