Single Line Challenge: Elements of Eloquence Chapter 2, Polyptoton
Here we proceed to the second chapter of Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth, and challenge ourselves to write single lines (poetic, prosaic, humorous or sober) using the rhetorical figure of polyptoton.
According to Forsyth, the figure involves using the same word, or a form of the same word, twice in the same expression – but in a different grammatical form. Of course you’re meant to do it wittily – or at least intelligently.
He gives the following examples among others:
- Give us this day our daily bread; forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
- That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.
- But me no buts…
You’ll have to get the book (and please, do! to learn more.
I’ll get us started in the comments below. Remember, the challenges remain open forever, so you can always go back and do the others if you’re coming in late.
The point of this is to challenge ourselves both as readers and writers, so please do get the book (it’s also available on Audible! The chapters are less than five minutes long!) and follow along.
I don’t get paid for this in any form whatsoever. I’m looking for writers of promise and trying to help develop the classical and traditional wisdom of written art. Youngsters are welcome; this could be an excellent homeschool mini-class.