Rhetorical Devices (Examples)

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First set of terms with the examples

alliteration

Let us go forth to lead the land we love.

allusion

Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah.

anaphora

not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need - not as a call to battle, though embattled we are.

antimetabole

Ask not what you country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

antithesis

We shall support any friend, oppose and foe.

archaic diction

beliefs for which our forebears fought

asyndeton

We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any for to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

cumulatice sentense

But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course - both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind's final war.

hortative sentence

Let both sides ezplore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

imperatice sentence

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what america will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

inversion

United there is little we cannot fo in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided here is little we can do.

juxtaposition

We are the heirs of that first recolution. [Let the word go forth...that the torch has been passed] to a new generation of American - norn in this century. [emphasis added]

metaphor

And if beachhead of cooperationmay push back the jungle of suspicion.

metonymy

In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success of failure of our course.

oxymoron

But this peacful revolution.

parallelism

Let both sides explore...Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals...Let both sides seek to invoke...Let both sides unite to heed.

periodic sentence

To that world assembly of sovereign states, the Unites Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support.

personification

with history the final judge of our deeds

rhetorical question

Will you join in that historic effort?

zeugma

Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need - not as a call to battle, though embattled we are - but a call to bear burden.

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