Rhetorical Terms. Period 5. ALLUSION. Brief reference to a person, event, or place, real or fictitious or to a work of art Ex). Augustus' love of sweets was his Achilles heel . Alison Takahashi. Alliteration. uh-lit-uh- rey - shuhn.
Brief reference to a person, event, or place, real or fictitious or to a work of art
Ex). Augustus' love of sweets was his Achilles heel
A repetition of the same sound beginning several words in a sequence.
Example: apt alliteration's artful aid
Anadiplosis is the repetition of the last word of a preceding clause. The word is used at the end of a sentence and then used again at the beginning of the next sentence.
For Example: “Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love, love is not music and music is the best.” –Frank Zappa
repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of two or more successive phrases, clauses, or sentences
We want freedom by any means necessary. We want justice by any means necessary. We want equality by any means necessary.
Words such as “thee”, and “thou” that are no longer used commonly, but were once used in (for example) Shakespeare’s time.
“beseech”, “hither”, “aught”, “mark” (as in notice), “doth”, etc.
The word “archaic” comes from the Greek word arkhaismos, meaning “to copy the ancients.”
The word “diction” comes from the Latin dicerewhich means “to speak.”
A sentence that completes the main idea at the beginning of the sentence, and then continues to build and add on!
Denotation-any of numerous scaly, legless, sometimes venomous reptiles having a long, tapering, cylindrical body and found in most tropical and temperate regions
Connotation-evil or danger
Denotation is the dictionary definition of the word
Connotation are the words that get associated with the denotative meanings
the existence of two or more voices within a text, esp. conflicting discourses within a linguistic activity as between the narrative voice and the characters in a novel
A good example of heteroglossia would be all the different languages you use in the course of a day. You talk to your friends in one way, to your professor in another way, to your parents in a third way, to a waiter in a restaurant in a fourth way, etc.
A sentence used to command, enjoin, implore, or entreat.
Inverted order of words in a sentence
Variation of the subject-verb-object order
Example: Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house go we.
An understatement, especially that in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary
“Time is money”
Figure of speech that says one thing is another in order to explain by comparison
Using a single feature to represent the whole
Lend me your ears!
A parallel or comparison; the relation of parallels
Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
--John F. Kennedy
A sentence in which the completion of the main clause is left to the end, thus creating an effect of suspense
“When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it’s best to let him run.”
A rhetorical device in which an idea is emphasized by the pretence that it is too obvious to discuss.
“I’ll not mention the crimes my opponent committed.”
Giving lifelike or human qualities to non-living or inanimate objects or ideas
Opportunity Knocking at the Door
“I did the dishes and vacuumed and did laundry and made dinner and ran errands so that’s why I’m exhausted!”
it can increase the rhythm of prose, speed or slow its pace, convey solemnity or even ecstasy and childlike exuberance.!
Definition: Figure of speech in the form of a question posed for rhetorical effect rather than for the purpose of getting an answer
Who doesn’t love a rhetorical question?
rhe·tor·i·cal. adj \ri-ˈtȯr-i-kəl, -ˈtär
A figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole
“All Hands on Deck”
When a sentence refers to itself
Example: “this sentence is self- reflexive.”
“This is not a pipe.”
Ex) “I came, I fought, I conquered”
A figure of speech in which a word is used to modify two or more words giving a different meaning to each.
Ex. He caught a fish and a cold.