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.
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?