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AP English Rhetorical Devices

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Transcript of AP English Rhetorical Devices

Dictionary Definition: Similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses.


Parallelism
Isocolon
Antithesis
Dictionary Definition: Juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas (often, although not always, in parallel structure).
Sarah Krieger, Danielle Leeman & Caitee Baird
Dictionary Definition:
A series of similarly structured elements having the same length. A kind of parallelism.

AP English Rhetorical Devices
Examples:
1. She took the time, she did the work and she got the results.
Authors' Usage
- Gets a point across
- Rhythm & Balance
Examples:
Authors' Usage

Examples:
1. "Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)."
2. Remember the past but look to the future.
3. "Many will enter. Few will win."
Authors' Usage
- Compliments parallelism...
- Harmony

Similarities / Differences
Parallelism
Isocolon

Elements focused on similarities.
Antithesis
Elements focused on differences.
Activity
Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.
1. “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
2. “Speech is silver, but Silence is Gold.”
3. “Patience is bitter, but it has a sweet fruit.”
2. “My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.” - Barack Obama
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair….”
(A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens)
3. It isn't about what you do, it's about how you do it.
Citations
to make the author's message stand out
to give the reader a better insight into the subject
"Examples of Parallelism." YourDictionary. LoveToKnow Corporation, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2014.
John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

Winston Churchill
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessing; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
"We must learn to live together as brothers
or perish together as fools."
-Martin Luther King, Jr
"Speech is silver, but Silence is Gold.”
"Famous Examples of Parallelism." Famous Things, People and Events.N.P.,
1 June 2014.Web. 29. Oct. 2014

“Pity is the feeling which arrests the mind in the presence of whatsoever is grave and constant in human sufferings and unites it with the sufferer. Terror is the feeling which arrests the mind in the presence of whatsoever is grave and constant in human sufferings and unites it with the secret cause…”
(A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce)
“Good we must love, and must hate ill,
For ill is ill, and good good still;
But there are things indifferent,
Which we may neither hate, nor love,
But one, and then another prove,
As we shall find our fancy bent."
"Community" by John Donne
"The Forest of Rhetoric." Silva Rhetoricae:. Brigham Young University, n.d. Web.27 Oct. 2014

"Isocolon - Definition and Examples of Isocolon." Literary Devices. N.p., 2014. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.

"Antithesis - Examples and Definition of Antithesis." Literary Devices. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2014
"If you are idle, be not solitary; If you are solitary, be not idle."
Bicolon
Ex: “Nothing that’s beautiful hides its face. Nothing that’s honest hides its name.”

Tricolon
Ex: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

Tetracolon
Ex: “I’ll give my jewels for a set of beads, /My gorgeous palace for a hermitage, /My gay apparel for an almsman’s gown, /My figured goblets for a dish of wood…”
"Isocolon: Definition and Examples for Writers." The Write Practice RSS. N.p., 2014. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.

"Examples of Antithesis." YourDictionary. N.p., 2014. Web. 29 Oct. 2014.

"I'm a Pepper, he's a Pepper, she's a Pepper, we're a Pepper--
Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper, too? Dr. Pepper!"
(advertising jingle for Dr. Pepper soft drink)
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