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Touch Points” help build captivating and relevant content and are what we traditionally call rhetorical devices. Used by orators since the time of Aristotle, rhetorical devices persuade, inspire, educate, entertain and delight audiences. Props, statistics, stories, metaphors, examples, personal quips, quotations, rhetorical and real questions, anecdotes and humor can also be added to the list.

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Rhetoric & imagery in Obama's victory speech

Max Atkinson

It hasn't been posted on their website, probably because the layout with red circles around lines from the speech linked to the notes caused problems in creating a readable web page. The newspaper’s introduction to the piece is reprinted below, followed by the full text of the speech with my notes in italics between paragraphs (which are slightly fuller than those in the published version). High turnout depicted by images of voters in queues, etc.

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President Obama's victory speech & the return of rhetoric

Max Atkinson

It's four years since I posted 'Rhetoric & imagery in Obama's victory speech' ( HERE ) , based on a line-by-line analysis of a piece that was originally commissioned by the Independent on Sunday. It is still by far the most frequently read post of the 961 that have appeared on this blog since it first started. The Obama campaign found that their key voters were turned off by soaring rhetoric and big plans.

Rhetoric and imagery in President Obama’s inauguration speech

Max Atkinson

If the number of hits and emails are anything to go by, my earlier line-by-line analysis of rhetoric and imagery in Barack Obama’s victory speech in Chicago (originally published in the British weekly newspaper, the Independent on Sunday ) attracted a good deal of interest. The earlier piece had some introductory background on the main rhetorical techniques.

Shakespeare as speechwriter

Max Atkinson

For someone living in an era when education was more or less synonymous with learning the classics, it was hardly surprising that he had a good understanding of rhetoric. For example, rhetorical questions come thick and fast.

President Obama’s 2,000 Year Old Speaking Secret

Pro Humorist

He uses rhetoric and oratorical skills that wouldn’t be out of place in Ancient Greece or Rome. These days the word rhetoric has become a bit of a dirty word because the recent politics that used a lot of spin. Dictionary.com defines rhetoric as “the art or study of using language effectively and persuasively”. Rhetoric can be seen as someone not being honest by saying what they mean. But it’s how he conveys his thoughts and ideals – using rhetoric.

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President Obama’s 2,000 Year Old Speaking Secret

Pro Humorist

He uses rhetoric and oratorical skills that wouldn’t be out of place in Ancient Greece or Rome. These days the word rhetoric has become a bit of a dirty word because the recent politics that used a lot of spin. Dictionary.com defines rhetoric as “the art or study of using language effectively and persuasively”. Rhetoric can be seen as someone not being honest by saying what they mean. But it’s how he conveys his thoughts and ideals – using rhetoric.

2009 100

President Obama’s 2,000 Year Old Speaking Secret

Pro Humorist

He uses rhetoric and oratorical skills that wouldn’t be out of place in Ancient Greece or Rome. These days the word rhetoric has become a bit of a dirty word because the recent politics that used a lot of spin. Dictionary.com defines rhetoric as “the art or study of using language effectively and persuasively”. Rhetoric can be seen as someone not being honest by saying what they mean. But it’s how he conveys his thoughts and ideals – using rhetoric.

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Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

Manner of Speaking

At 24 minutes, it is too long to go through it line by line, but I have noted several things that made it excellent. For example, “In fact, just this morning I left Baker Berry with my Tripee Barry to eat a Billy Bob at the Bema when my flitz to Francesca was Blitz-jacked by some D-bag on his FSP.&# (6:00). He used rhetorical devices. I’d like to end my address by breaking a taboo and quoting myself from 17 months ago. is a fabulous line.

BBC rediscovers the 'Lost Art of Oratory' (again)

Max Atkinson

You can see more on this in earlier postings on this blog, including Obama’s rhetoric renews UK media in the ‘lost art’ of oratory. So a few months ago Alan Yentob, who in his former job at the BBC played a part in taking speeches off the air, suddenly became interested in the subject, probably to justify the expense of sending so many staff to Washington for Obama's inauguration - on which, see ‘The Lost Art of Oratory’ by a BBC executive who helped to lose it in the first place.

Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

Manner of Speaking

At 24 minutes, it is too long to go through it line by line, but I have noted several things that made it excellent. For example, “In fact, just this morning I left Baker Berry with my Tripee Barry to eat a Billy Bob at the Bema when my flitz to Francesca was Blitz-jacked by some D-bag on his FSP.&# (6:00). He used rhetorical devices. I’d like to end my address by breaking a taboo and quoting myself from 17 months ago. is a fabulous line.