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From Chapter 4: Rhetoric...

Rhetoric is the art of using language with persuasive effect. Classical rhetoric was originally employed to train citizens to be effective speakers in public forums and institutions like courtrooms and assemblies. In poetry, we are concerned with rhetorical phrasing that orders the language of argument, those phrases that develop logical cause and effect, and establish
eloquent, compelling rhythms. Rhetorical phrasing directs the initiation and desired conclusion of an argument or complaint, and develops a logical call and response, an expectation and a
resolution. This can be especially effective in the tensile elaboration of a single sentence. Practically speaking, rhetoric sets up a series of effective repetitions or this-for-that syntactical connections that sustains the reader’s interest, and convinces through the force of argument or logic. Typical examples are “if/then” or “because/then” constructions, which are found in everyday language. In poetry, the most prevalent rhetorical devices are variations of anaphora
or repetition, phrases repeated for emphasis throughout the body of a poem. Anaphora not only repeats phrasing that sustains a refrain, but allows for a sustained layering of theme or indictment of complaint.

if you like my poems let them

if you like my poems let them
walk in the evening, a little behind you
then people will say

“Along this road i saw a princess pass
on her way to meet her lover(it was
toward nightfall)with tall and ignorant servants.”

e.e. cummings

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