AP English Lit. Terms 3 Rhetorical Devices. Hilltop High School Mrs. Demangos. Diction . Word choice. A writer’s choice of words, phrases, sentence structures, and figurative language, which combine to help create meaning . Formal Middle Diction Informal Poetic. Formal Diction.
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At the pizza place, Tony the baker was getting the pizzas ready for baking. He flattened out a ball of dough into a large pancake and tossed it in the air. He spread sauce on it, sprinkled it with cheese, and shoved it in the oven. Then the telephone rang. “A fellow from the factory wants a large pizza delivered in a hurry,” Tony’s wife called. “Ok, I’ll get my coat,” said Tony.
Curious George and the Pizza by Margret Rey
After dropping her son off at school, Sara sat at a traffic light and waited. She was on her way to her office job as a secretary in a law office. It was mainly paperwork with very little time to interact with other people, but Sara had gotten used to that. It also gave her plenty of time to daydream, something she had also gotten quite used to. She was a woman in her mid-30’s, married 13 years, with one child.
The Ninja Housewife by Deborah Hamlin
At dawn, Mae Tuck set out on her horse for the wood at the edge of the village of Treegap. She was going there, as she did once every ten years, to meet her two sons, Miles and Jesse, and she was feeling at ease. At noon time, Winnie Foster, whose family owned the Treegap wood, lost her patience at last and decided to think about running away.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Love is an ideal thing,
marriage a real thing.--Goethe
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“. . .pursues his way,
and swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.”
“I said, "Who killed him?" and he said, "I don't know who killed him but he's dead all right," and it was dark and there was water standing in the street and no lights and windows broke and boats all up in the town and trees blown down and everything all blown and I got a skiff and went out and found my boat where I had her inside Mango Key and she was all right only she was full of water.” Ernest Hemingway, "After the Storm."
“It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race . . .”
Athletes convicted of drug-related crimes —are they to be forgiven with just a slap on the wrist?
“The darkness drops again; but now I know
that twenty centuries of stony sleep
were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
and what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?”
Yeats, “The Second Coming”
“Before, a joy proposed;
behind, a dream”
In Shakespeare’s King Lear, both Lear and Gloucester suffer at the hands of their own children because of their blindness to children who are goodhearted and which are evil.
Lawrence, of virtuous father virtuous son,/Now that the fields are dank, and ways are mire,/ Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire/ Help waste a sullen day…
“All the other lads there
Were itching to have a bash.”