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Rhetorical Devices by David Edwards. Free Powerpoint Templates. Alliteration [uh-lit-uh-rey-shuhn]:. Definition : The repitition of two or more consonat words in a sentance

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Rhetorical Devices

by David Edwards

Free Powerpoint Templates


Alliteration [uh-lit-uh-rey-shuhn]:

Definition : The repitition of two or more consonat words in a sentance

Etymology .Medieval Latin alliterātiōn-, stem of alliterātiō, equivalent to al- al-+literātiō, modeled after obliterātiō obliteration but intended to convey a derivative of littera letter


Alliteration (Cont’d)


1.) Willow whipped her hair back and forth.

2.) Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

3.) Sally slapped Sarah so savagely .



Allusion [uh-loo-zhuhn] :

Definition: An incedental mention of something or someone , either directly or by implication.

Etymology : Late Latin allūsiōn- (stem of allūsiō ), equivalent to allūs ( us ), past participle of allūdere ( see allude; al- al- + lūd- play + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion


Allusion (Cont’d) :


1.) People thought that Amy was the Beyonce of her school because of her beautiful singing.

2.) Ronnie ran so fast you would’ve though he was Sonic the Hedgehog

3.) Her long nails reminded me of Wolverine.


“ It felt like I was on

Mortal Kombat”


Amplification [am-pluh-fi-key-shuhn]:

Definition: The expansion of a statement, narrative, ect.

Etymology : < Latin amplificātiōn- (stem of amplificātiō )


Amplification (Cont’d) :


1.) I am incredibly hungry, So hungry that my stomach is roaring at me, So hungry that I could eat a horse. I haven't eaten a thing since breakfast.

2.) It’s very hot outside, so hot that I can fry eggs on the sidewalk on this hot summer day.

3.) "This is a crisis. A large crisis. In fact, if you've got a moment, it's a twelve-story crisis with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying 'This Is a Large Crisis.' A large crisis requires a large plan. Get me two pencils and a pair of underpants."(RowanAtkinson as Captain Blackadder in"Goodbyeee." Blackadder Goes Forth, 1989)


Anadiplosis [an-uh-di-ploh-sis]:

Definition:repetition in the first part of a clause or sentence of a prominent word from the latter part of the preceding clause or sentence, usually with a change or extension of meaning.

Etymology : < Latin < Greek, equivalent to anadiplō-, variant stem of anadiploûsthai to be doubled back + -sis -sis.


Anadiplosis (Cont’d) :


1.) "I am Sam, Sam I am."

(Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham)

2.) "When I give I give myself."

(Walt Whitman)

3.) "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you."

(Frank Oz as Yoda in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menance)


Analogy [uh-nal-uh-jee]:

Definition: The simalairity of two things, in which a comparison could be based.

Etymology :< Latin analogia


Analogy (Cont’d) :

  • Examples:
  • March: Spring :: December : Winter
  • Obese: Fat :: Slender : Skinny
  • Tropical : Jamaica :: Polar : Russia
  • Visual: