If not, don`t be fooled by their sophisticated Greek names – rhetorical means are actually quite easy to implement. But before we get into the different types of devices and their use, let`s identify the four ways to make rhetorical devices work. Whenever you try to inform, convince, or argue with someone, you are making rhetoric. If you`ve ever had an emotional reaction to a speech or changed your mind on a topic after hearing the rebuttal of an experienced debater, you`ve experienced the power of rhetoric. By developing a basic knowledge of rhetorical means, you can improve your ability to process and convey information while strengthening your persuasiveness. You`ll no doubt have heard of exaggeration that uses exaggeration for rhetorical effects, such as “it`s as old as the hills,” “We died laughing,” or “Exaggeration is the best thing that ever existed.” But adynaton is a particular form of exaggeration, where exaggeration is taken to a ridiculous and literally impossible extreme, such as “when pigs fly!” or “When hell is frozen!” Anaphora repeats a word or phrase in successive sentences. “If you sting us, we don`t bleed? If you tickle us, don`t we laugh? “is an example of Shakespeare`s merchant of Venice. The use of anaphora creates parallelism and rhythm, which is why this technique is often associated with music and poetry. However, this rhetorical means can benefit any form of written work. anadiplosis: (“doubly backwards”) the rhetorical repetition of one or more words; especially the repetition of a word that ends one sentence at the beginning of the other. An expression of real or simulated doubts or uncertainties, especially for the rhetorical effect If you`ve ever underestimated something, it`s milose – like the claim that Britain is simply “on the pond” of America. The opposite – rhetorical exaggeration – is called Auxese.
Anadiplosis is an ingenious and memorable rhetorical medium that uses a repeated word or sentence at the end of a sentence or sentence and at the beginning of the next sentence. As with virtually all rhetorical means, William Shakespeare liked to use it (“It is not of your flesh and blood, your flesh and blood did not offend the king”), but you can thank George Lucas for the best-known example today: “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hatred. Hatred leads to suffering. Synesis (=constructio ad sensum): the concordance of words according to logic and not according to grammatical form; A kind of anacoluthon. If you`ve ever sent someone friend or text, sent something via email or DMed, submitted to a meeting, or spawned across the country, you`ll be familiar with Antimeria, a rhetorical device that uses an existing word as if it were another part of the speech. In most cases, a noun is used as if it were a verb, a semantic process better known as “verbage” (which is actually a perfect example for oneself). Slang (and modern English in general) loves Antimeria, but it is Shakespeare who remains the undisputed master. Cakes, drugs, cooking, argument, spirit, ceiling, scrape, elbow and crank have always been used as nouns before he took them….