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Literary Elements in Speeches

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alliteration
repeating beginning sound of words to make an important point in a speech
EX. face the fire at freedom's front
parallelism
repeated words or phrases in a speech often using similes and metaphors so an audience knows what comes next
EX. The world will little note what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
allusion
mentioning a famous person, historic event, or literature work in a speech
EX. that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.
epigraph
a quote (from a famous person or expert; may be funny or unusual) set apart at the very beginning of a speech to grab your attention
EX. Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
aphorism
a general truth or idea held by many people-used in a short but powerful way
EX. That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
oxymoron
two opposite words used close together
EX. open secret; awfully pretty; seriously funny
irony
saying one thing but meaning the opposite
EX. You know how I just love dog drool on my couch.
imagery
to describe something that appeals to our smell, sight, taste, touch, and feeling to engage the reader's interest
pun
a play on words EX. The ballet shoes made a point.
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