Rhetorical Devices: Diacope

Manner of Speaking

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. Tony Blair, 31 August 1997. Filed under: Rhetoric. Rhetoric Denzel Washington Diacope Edmund Burke Leo Tolstoy Martin Luther King rhetoric Rhetorical device Rhetorical Devices Tony Blair

Rhetorical Devices: Epizeuxis

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This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. Effect: Epizeuxis is a very dramatic rhetorical device. Tony Blair, British House of Commons, 30 January 1997. Rhetoric Arnold Schwarzenegger Epizeuxis Monty Python Monty Python's Flying Circus Oprah Winfrey public speaking rhetoric Sarah Palin Spam Taylor Mali Tony BlairFor other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Epizeuxis. Origin : From the Greek ???????????

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Obama's rhetoric renews UK media interest in the 'lost art' of oratory

Max Atkinson

MERE RHETORIC? At the start of the 1987 general election, David Owen, then a co-leader of the SDP-Liberal Alliance kicked off his campaign by saying: “reason, not rhetoric will win this election.” By so doing, he not only highlighted the fact that rhetoric has not had a good press in recent decades, often being used as a term of abuse, but also that there may be no escape from it, even when a speaker is being critical of it.

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You don’t have to be Barack Obama to use rhetoric and imagery to discuss the financial crisis

Max Atkinson

When I show clips of top politicians in action to illustrate the power of rhetoric and imagery, people sometimes react by saying that such techniques may be all very well in political speeches but wouldn’t be much use in the kind of technical presentations they have to do. My usual reply to such reactions is that nothing could be further from the truth - because I've yet to come across any subject where rhetoric and imagery can't be used to make a point more clearly and/or effectively.

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Does Daniel Hannan’s attack on Brown tell us what makes a speech memorable?

Max Atkinson

What attracted most attention about the results was the observation that most bursts of applause are triggered by a small number of simple rhetorical techniques ( Our Masters’ Voices: the Language and Body Language of Politics , 1984). If Mr Hannon’s repetitive use of the insult/attack option, packaged with some neat rhetoric and appropriate imagery (on which, see HERE ), may have set the speech up to attract more attention than usual, it’s obviously not the only reason for its success.

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The enduring challenge and importance of funeral orations

Max Atkinson

It also reminded me that, however suspicious some critics may be of all things rhetorical, there is still a demand and a need for impressive displays of rhetoric that catch the shared mood of a group, both at the best of times and at the worst of times. At the national level, this is exactly what Tony Blair achieved a few hours after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in August, 1997 (see text and video below).

Famous Speech Friday: Princess Diana and the Ban on Landmines

The Eloquent Woman

Her 1997 visit to the country was the last in her world tour to raise awareness about the persistent dangers of anti-personnel landmines. Three weeks before she died in a Paris car crash, Diana, Princess of Wales was making headlines in Bosnia.

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Theresa May & Hillary Clinton: Do we watch their words or wardrobes?

The Eloquent Woman

With able research assistance from UK-based rhetoric scholar Layla Claridge , I decided to compare Google search results for "Theresa May fashion" and "Theresa May policies" with search results for "Hillary Clinton fashion" and "Hillary Clinton policies."

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Designing Choreographies for the New Economy of Attention


Lanham 1997 , 164] 1 University students are browsing Facebook on their laptops and sending text messages to their friends when they should be focused on the lecture; they are tending to their instant messages, their playlists, their television shows, and their shopping while they do their homework.

Will the 2010 UK general election be the first one to leave us speechless?

Max Atkinson

Obama’s rhetoric renews UK media interest in the ‘lost art’ of oratory

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Politicians and broadcasters in the UK: collaboration or capitulation?

Max Atkinson

To the extent that interviews do occasionally hit the headlines, they hardly ever bring anything but bad news for politicians, as when Jeremy Paxman asked Michael Howard the same question twelve times to no avail in 1997 ( HERE ).

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"Pay It Forward" or "Pay It Yourself?"

Speaking Of...

Instead, the rhetoric of a “debt-free” public higher education serves to satisfy the left, mute the outcries, and distract public attention from an apparently popular desire to broaden access to postsecondary education by making it truly public. The share of general fund monies going to higher education in Oregon declined from 17 percent in 1997 to 5.8 There rhetorical approach used to describe Pay It Forward is notable: it is “not a loan” but rather a “social insurance program.”

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