Rhetorical Devices I Flashcards


consists of omitting conjunctions between words, phrases, or clauses
She likes pickles, olives, raisins, dates, pretzels.


the use of a conjunction between each word, phrase, or clause, and is
thus structurally the
opposite of asyndeton
They read and studied and wrote and drilled. I laughed and played
and talked and flunked


deliberately expresses an idea as less important than it actually is,
either for ironic
emphasis or for politeness and tact
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake interrupted business somewhat in
the downtown area.


is recurrent syntactical similarity
Quickly and happily he walked around the corner to buy the book.


second part of a grammatical construction is balanced or paralleled
by the first part, only in reverse order
A,B structure (learned unwillingly) paralleled by another B,A
structure (gladly forgotten)