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The elements of eloquence : secrets of the perfect turn of phrase

Author: Mark Forsyth
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2014, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Berkley trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Examines popular and famous witty phrases to distill their stylistic significance, and provides tips and guidelines for writing one's own witty one-liners.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Forsyth
ISBN: 042527618X 9780425276181
OCLC Number: 893941565
Description: xiv, 239 pages
Contents: Preface: On cooking blindfolded --
Alliteration --
Polyptoton --
Antithesis --
Merism --
The blazon (a merism too far) --
Synaesthesia --
Aposiopesis --
Hyperbaton --
Anadiplosis --
Periodic sentences --
Hypotaxis and parataxis (and polysndeton and asyndeton) --
Diacope --
Rhetorical questions --
Hendiadys --
Epistrophe --
Tricolon --
Epizeuxis --
Syllepsis --
Isocolon --
Enallage --
A divagation concerning versification --
Zeugma --
Paradox --
Chiasmus --
Assonance --
The fourteenth rule --
Catachresis --
Liotes --
Metonymy and synecdoche --
Transferred epithets --
Pleonasm --
Epanalepsis --
Personification --
Hyperbole --
Adynaton --
Prolepsis --
Congeries --
Scesis Onomaton --
Anaphora --
Peroration --
Epilogue concerning terminology.
Responsibility: Mark Forsyth.

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Examines popular and famous witty phrases to distill their stylistic significance, and provides tips and guidelines for writing one's own witty one-liners.

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