Flashcards in Rhetoric Devices Deck (37):
The recurrence of initial consonant sounds - baby buggy bumpers
A reference to an event, literary work or person - I can’t do that because I am superman
Repeats a word or expression for emphasis - love, real love, takes time.
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
Compares two different things that have some similar characteristics
He is as flaky as a snowstorm
Repeats a word or phrase in successive phrases
‘If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle, us do we not laugh?’
Places criticism and compliment together to lessen the impact
The car is not pretty but it runs great
Repeats words or phrases in reverse order
Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country
Uses a word with an opposite meaning
The Chihuahua’s name was Goliath (warrior)
Makes a connection between two things
Thats one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
Places a noun or phrase next to another noun for descriptive purposes
Mary, queen of the land, hosted the ball
Makes a point with details
Renovation included a spa, tennis court, pool and lounge.
Repeats something from the beginning of a sentence at the end
My ears heard what you said but I couldn’t believe my ears
Using an adjective or adjective phrase to describe
Repeats one word for emphasis
The amusement park was fun, fun, fun.
The expression of a single idea by words connected with ‘and’
(Nice and warm) when one could be used to modify the other, as in nicely warm.
I have done this a thousand times
Makes an understatement by denying the opposite of a word that may have been used
The terms of the contract are not disagreeable to me.
Corrects or qualifies a statement
You are the most beautiful women in this town, nay the entire world.
Compares two things by stating one is the other
The eyes are the window to the soul.
A metaphor where something is being compared is referred to by something closely related with it
The knights are loyal to the crown.
Words that imitate the sound they describe
Plunk, whiz, pop
A two word paradox
Near miss, seriously funny
Uses words or phrases with a similar structure
I went to the store, parked the car and bought a pizza.
Compares one object to another
He smokes like a chimney
When by convention two words are joined by a conjunction for emphasis (Bread and wine)
Makes an idea less important than it really is
The hurricane disrupted traffic
Asking a question and then answering it yourself.
Reducing a ground idea/ person to a less important one.
Added information (usually in brackets or commas) that could be taken out.
The repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses or sentences
Words are repeated in reverse order
“Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate”
Question used to make a point, not get an answer
Using part of a whole to represent the whole
“Check out my new wheels” = referring to a car
The saying of the same thing twice over in different words
“They arrived one after each other in succession”
Three parallel clauses,phrases or words in succession pm with no interruption