Rhetorical Device Scavenger Hunt

1) Alliteration: Country Life Butter Slogan – “You’ll never put a better bit of butter on your knife” (Country Life Butter, found at http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_slogans_with_alliterations)

2) Anaphora: A Tale of Two Cities – It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us,
we had nothing before us,
we were all going direct to Heaven,
we were all going direct the other way – (Charles Dickens, found at http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/anaphora/)

3) Antimetabole:

In America, you can always find a party.
In Soviet Russia, Party always find you! (Yakov Smirnoff, found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakov_Smirnoff#Russian_reversal)

4) Juxtaposition: Romeo and Juliet – “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear;” (William Shakespeare, found at http://literarydevices.net/juxtaposition/)

5) Archaic diction: “To thine own self be true.” (William Shakespeare, found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaism)

6) Imperative sentence: “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” (Mark Twain, found athttp://grammar.about.com/od/il/g/impersent09.htm)

7) Inversion: The Mermaid – Then up spoke the captain of our gallant ship,
And a well-spoken man was he;
“I have married a wife in Salem town,
And tonight she a widow will be” (Anonymous, found at http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/292355/inversion)

8) Metaphor: King Henry V – “His face is all bubukles, and whelks, and knobs, and flames of fire; and his lips plows at his nose, and it is like a coal of fire, sometimes plue, and sometimes red; but his nose is executed, and his fire is out.” (William Shakespeare, found at http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/metaphorlist.html)

9) Parallelism: Gettysburg Address: “…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” (Abraham Lincoln, found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallelism_%28grammar%29#In_rhetoric)

10) Antithesis: An essay in Criticism – “To err is human; to forgive divine.” (Alexander Pope, found at http://literarydevices.net/antithesis/)


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