Jfk inaugural Analysis, Part Deux (Challenging!) Part I



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JFK Inaugural Analysis, Part Deux (Challenging!)
Part I

Write down the following definitions of rhetorical devices/examples and keep them in your poetry folder. You will need them now and in the future.
1. antimetabole – words in one phrase or clause are replicated in reverse grammatical order in the next phrase.

Ex. “We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
2. anastrophe – syntax of a sentence is in inverted order - “yoda speak.” Often the verb comes first.

Ex. “Glistens the dew upon the morning grass...”
3. antithesis – juxtaposition of contrasting ideas by means of a parallel arrangement of words.

Ex. “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.”

- Brutus from Julius Caesar
4. anaphora – the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, etc.

Ex. “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.” - Winston Churchill.
5. asyndeton – a lack of conjunctions between coordinate phrases.

Ex. “But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground...” - Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address

Part II

Answer the following questions on notebook paper and turn in.
1. In your analysis of JFK's speech, you were asked the tone. Now prove it. Find three quotes that support your assertion.
2. Find two examples of each of the above rhetorical devices in JFK's 1961 Inaugural Address.

(You should already have two for antimetabole from Part I, so start with anastrophe. )
3. Choose two of your examples from #2 and discuss each one. How effective was this technique as it was used in JFK's speech? Don't just say “it was effective” or “it wasn't very effective.” What made it work, or not work?


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