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Common Rhetorical Strategies Alliteration- The repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables Ex. wild and woolly, or threatening and throngs Allusion- an implied or indirect reference especially in literature Analogy- A comparison between one thing and another, typically for explanation or clarification. Anaphora- the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses. Anecdote- A short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person. Anthropomorphism- The attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object Anticlimax- A disappointing end to an exciting or impressive series of events Antimetabole- literary and rhetorical device in which a phrase or sentence is repeated, but in reverse order Antithesis- the rhetorical contrast of ideas by means of parallel arrangement of words, clauses, or sentences Aphorism- a statement of truth or opinion expressed in a concise and witty manner Apostrophe- An exclamatory passage in a speech or poem addressed to a person (typically one who is dead or absent) or thing (typically one that is personified) Ex. “Oh! Stars and clouds and winds, ye are all about to mock me; if ye really pity me, crush sensation and memory; let me become as naught; but if not, depart, depart, and leave me in darkness.” (Frankenstein, Mary Shelly)
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Appositive- we can define it as a noun phrase or a noun that defines or explains another noun Ex. “We were waiting outside the condemned cells, a row of sheds fronted with double bars, like small
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