establishes a clear, contrasting relationship between two ideas by joining them together or juxtaposing them, often in parallel structure
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.
Repetition of the same word or words at the beginning of successive clauses or sentences
In this example the syntax has been deliberately constructed to make it anaphoric. How and why?
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and travelled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and ploughed the hard earth. For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.
Using the transcript, look at the first few lines down to ‘unearned suffering is redemptive.’
Identify the persuasive language features in the text
In particular look for:
Use of pronouns
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Litotes anaphora parallelism alliteration 2 nd person Personal pronoun Imperative
Barak Obama’s speech after winning the race for the White House 5/11/08 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Jll5baCAaQU Or http://filepedia.org/audio/obama-victory-speech-november-2008
It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
In pairs, analyse the language in the rest of the speech