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LA Rhetorical Devices
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the juxtaposition of contrasting ideas, often in parallel structure. The contrast may be in words or in ideas or both. '
What if I am rich, and another is poor--strong, and he is weak--intelligent, and he is benighted--elevated, and he is depraved
is a scheme of parallel structure that occurs when the parallel elements are similar not only in grammatical structure but also in length (number of words or even number of syllables).
His purpose was to impress the ignorant, to perplex the dubious, and to confound the scrupulous
similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses. This basic principle of grammar or rhetoric demands that equivalent things be set forth in coordinate grammatical structures
So Janie waited a bloom time, and a green time, and an orange time
Inversion of the natural or usual word order. This deviation can emphasize a point or it can just sound awkward.
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country
is placing side by side two coordinate elements, the second of which serves as an explanation or modification of the first.
Here was the source of the mistaken strategy-the reason why activities could so easily ignore class and could consider race alone a sufficient measure of social oppression
insertion of some verbal unit in a position that interrupts the normal syntactical flow of the sentence. One obvious way to use parenthesis is to use the punctuation, parentheses. However, there are other ways to insert a comment into a sentence. One might use commas or dashes for example.
Those two spots are among the darkest of our whole civilization-pardon me, or whole culture
is the deliberate omission of conjunctions between a series of related clauses. The effect of the device is to produce a hurried rythem in the sentence. This builds momentum and tension
They may have it in well doing, they have it in learning, they may have it even in criticism
Is the deliberate omission of a word or of words which are really implied by the context. While this can make clear, economical sentences, if the understood words are grammatically incompatible, the resulting sentence may be awkward
And he to England shall along with you
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