Elements of Eloquence Single Line Challenge, Chapters 14, 15, 16 and 17: Hendiadys, Epistrophe, Tricolon and Epizeuxis
These four Rhetorical Figures lead into one another neatly, in the entertaining, short, and informative chapters 14 – 17 of our Challenge textbook: The Elements of Eloquence, by Mark Forsyth. I piously hope the effort of distinguishing these four similar figures, and then using them together, will sharpen our minds and, metaphorically, our metaphorical pencils. Plus, I didn’t want to write 38 separate posts.
Fair Use Doctrine probably forbids me from summarizing the content of these chapters. Not that my posts would be the equivalent of Forsyth’s witty little mini-essays, but that I might thereby allow someone to participate in the challenge without reading the book, effectively stealing the author’s essential work and central information without adding any substance of my own!
Here’s the challenge. I plan to have lots of fun writing lines – not whole poems or stories, just lines – in the comment section below. These will be throw-away lines, practice lines, lines invented for the sole purpose of making myself a better writer. These lines will contain Hendiadys, Epistrophe, Tricolon and Epizeuxis.
And when that is done I will feel smart, and a sense of accomplishment. (That’s Syllepsis by the way; we’ll get to it next post.)