Litotes

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  • Theme Of Figurative Language In To Kill A Mockingbird

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    A. Juxtaposition- A literary technique in which two or more ideas, places, characters and their actions are placed side by side in a narrative or a poem for the purpose of developing comparisons and contrasts. Ex.- “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;” B. Imagery- To use figurative language to represent objects, actions, and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. Ex.- “Brookfield

  • The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    important than the ideas themselves. Poetic devices he uses are called litotes, which express a positive statement by using its opposite negatives. To say “the ice cream was not bad” would be an intentional understatement, when instead one could say the ice cream was “good.” Litotes are used for irony, which is “using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning.”1 Also commonly found throughout the novel, litotes are used for emphatic effect to benefit setting, plot, and character

  • A Modest Proposal Satire

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    Through his use of rhetorical devices such as tone and litotes he is able to emphasize his points, while at the same time he throws in a hefty amount of irony to keep the reader from thinking the piece is truthful and serious. In order for the audience to not completely disregard the story, the author needs to put some realism into his writing. A way in which he achieves this is through an under exaggerated tone. Swift constant use of litotes builds this tone and helps make everything stay real

  • Definition of Alliterative Verse

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    was mainly in the form of alliterative verse (Greenblatt). When comparing to other forms of poetry, there are 6 key characteristics that define alliterative verse: four-beat lines, medial caesuras, enjambments, half-line alliteration, kennings and litotes. In addition to Beowulf and “Caedmon’s Hymn”, examples will also be taken from my alliterative verse translation of the nursery rhyme “Little Jack Horner”. Jack the Horner By Student Jack the Horner, not gigantic was he.

  • Taking a Look at Phonetic Euphemisms

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    A phonetic euphemism is used to replace profane language or cuss words. One version of phonetic euphony is using the first letter of a cuss word, and often times adding the word "word" after it. For example saying the, “F-word” instead of saying fuck, or the “B-word” instead of bitch. In the military, it’s common to say several completely different words using the first letters of profane words. For example, instead of saying, “What the Fuck”, they would say, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", or "Bravo

  • Anglo Saxon Poetry Analysis

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    Anglo-Saxon poetry was often orally transmitted and was meant for entertainment in the mead hall. it is an old English term for a feast hall, which was often a single building with a single room. Which was meant for feasting and watching the entertainment which was often poetry. “Anglo-Saxon Poetry (or Old English Poetry) encompasses verse written during the 600-year Anglo-Saxon period of British history, from the mid-fifth century to the Norman Conquest of 1066.” (Anglo-Saxon_Poetry, n.d.). One

  • Analysis Of The Poem ' Waving Adieu '

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    The Absence of Non-Communication in Waving Adieu, Adieu, Adieu A central preoccupation of Stevens’ Waving Adieu, Adieu, Adieu is the potency within actions. The poem explores the complications arising from actions to elucidate ambiguities within the simplest of gestures. This correlates to an essay by John W. Steen, who states, “the poem works through the possibilities for a zero degree of communication, trying to understand how, without ‘crying and shouting,’ or even ‘moving,’ the speaker could

  • Summary Of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis

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    Gregor’s tangible, materialistic components of his life. Metamorphosis conveys this idea with symbolic reference to parallel to how society impacts reality. Yet, this book also showed how easily dismissed this notion is, through the ironies and litotes throughout the book. One interpretation of this point is that his inability to convey his opinions fluently, makes him suspect for misinterpretation. In this case, opens the ability to abuse Gregor through the means of physical and mental abuse that

  • Essay on Dancing around the Truth of My Papa’s Waltz

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    The poem, “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, is about a boy reminiscing about an incidence with his father. From the beginning, this poem states the conflict between a father and son involved in a rambunctious dance, but as it continues, the story suggests the dance may actually be a physical altercation. Within the line, “Such waltzing was not easy,” is the proposal this is not a singular incident, but rather a routine ritual between the boy and his father (Line 4). The speaker is an adult recollecting

  • Ethos In Patrick Henry's Speech To The Virginia Convention

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    creating a respectful tone toward his delegates by using a litote in the very beginning in order to illustrate his respect for the delegates: “But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do of opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve.” Henry uses this litote to negate the negative and make it into a positive meaning

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