Rhetorical Terms Presentation #7. 6th hour Michaela Kremhelmer Stephanie Roberts Jessica Szczpkowski. Antanaclasis [ant-an-uh-klas-is]. A figure of speech involving a pun, consisting of the repeated use of the same word, each time with different meanings
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A figure of speech involving a pun, consisting of the repeated use of the same word, each time with different meanings
A type of verbal play in which one word is used in two contrasting (and often comic) senses
An abrupt stop in the middle of a sentence; used by a speaker to convey unwillingness or inability to complete a thought of statement.
Unfinished thought or broken sentence.
A figure of speech consisting of the contrasting of two structurally parallel syntactic phrases arranged “cross-wire”
A verbal pattern in which the second half of an expression is balanced against the first with the parts reversed (a type of antithesis)
Repetition broken up by one or more intervening words
Figure of repetition in the same word or phrase occurs on either side of an intervening word or phrase;
word/phrase x, ..., word/phrase x.
A rhetorical term for the repetition at the end of a clause or sentence of the word or phrase with which it began
A figure of speech defined by the repetition of the initial word or words of a clause or sentence at the end. The beginning and the end are the two positions of stronger emphasis in a sentence; so, by having the same phrase in both places, the speaker calls special attention to it.
A vivid, picturesque description of scenes or events
Lifelike description of a thing or scene
A rhetorical term for a succession of clauses of approximately equal length and corresponding structure
Parallel parts of a sentence are the same length
Qualifies a statement by recalling it (or part of it) and expressing it in a better, milder, or stronger way. (A negative is often used to do the recalling).
A profound, usually spiritual, transformation; conversion.
Strengthening: “I still fall short of it through my own fault, and through not observing the admonitions of the gods, and, I may almost say, their direct instructions.”
-"Proper Place for Sports" by Theodore Roosevelt
“I think it’s God’s beliefs and His commandments. But He gave to man the wisdom and intelligence to write it.” (Jonathan Kozol, Amazing Grace)
When a rhetor refuses to continue with their current discussion, or passes over the rest of the conversation, or admits that they do not know what else to say
Stating and drawing attention to something in the very act of pretending to pass it over. A kind of irony.
-"That Blasted Year" by Dave Barry
The recasting of an idea in words different from that originally used, whether in the same language or in a translation
Adding in superfluous words to extend the message you are trying to give.
Intentionally obscure speech or writing, designed to confuse an audience rather than clarify an issue.
A general term describing when one part of speech (most often the main verb, but sometimes a noun) governs two or more other parts of a sentence (often in a series).
A rhetorical term for the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words although its use may be grammatically or logically correct with only one.
(Similar to syllepsis)
– Amazing Grace