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Rhetoric & imagery in Obama's victory speech

Max Atkinson

It’s commonly thought that effective orators are blessed with a mysterious gift, but all successful speakers use the same simple techniques, and have been doing so at least since they were first taught by the ancient Greeks. At its simplest, the more use made of these techniques, the more impressed audiences will be. Add to these devices like alliteration, repetition, imagery and anecdotes, and you have the basic building blocks of the language of public speaking. “It’s

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