Monday, September 29, 2008

Parallelism II

Strike as I would
Have struck those tyrants!
Strike deep as my curse!
Strike! and but once
— Byron

This is an example of anaphora,anaphora is a style which uses repeated words to emphasize them in the beginning of the sentence.I think many of you might have read the speech my martin luther king ,i have a dream

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

if the repeated at the end of the sentence its called a epistrophe
Where affections bear rule, there reason is subdued, honesty is subdued, good will is subdued, and all things else that withstand evil, for ever are subdued— Thomas Wilson

Symloce -when they are both used together
for eg
"When there is talk of hatred, let us stand up and talk against it. When there is talk of violence, let us stand up and talk against it." Bill Clinton

Asyndeton -When conjunctions are deliberately omitted from a series of related clauses.

"Thus strings of unconnected words, and constant repetitions of words and phrases, are very properly condemned in written speeches: but not in spoken speeches — speakers use them freely, for they have a dramatic effect. In this repetition there must be variety of tone, paving the way, as it were, to dramatic effect; e.g. 'This is the villain among you who deceived you, who cheated you, who meant to betray you completely.'" AristotleRhetoric, Book III, Chapter 12 (trans. W. Rhys Roberts).

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