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February 13, 2007

Rhetorical Strategies are WHAT? Ohhh...

Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (68-97) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Rhetorical strategy is a loose term for techniques that help to shape or enhance a literary work."

I had no idea that this was what a rhetorical strategy is. I knew that diction was a rhetorical strategy, but I wasn't aware that allusions, analogies, imagery, smbolism, and atmosphere were also strategies. I also didn't know that there was a "poetic diction." Of course I always noticed antiquated words in poetry, but I didn't know that they had a specific name for the type of diction.

Posted by CheraPupi at February 13, 2007 10:08 AM


I actually looked this word up when I saw that we had a test on it, thinking that everyone else would know it and I was the only one out of the loop, but the definition only said that it was related to words. I was so relived when I found that it was well explained in the Hamilton reading. I'm also relived to find I wasn't the only one confused by this word.

Posted by: HallieGeary at February 16, 2007 9:27 AM

There really is a method in the madness of this class... it's very rewarding for me to see you starting to make these connections on your own. Good job.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 13, 2007 6:11 PM

Wow, after class, I was just praying that the Essentials of Literary Terms assignment would go over rhetoric, because I wasn't sure what it all involved. I know about all the terms but I wasn't aware that they went under one topic. I agree with you completely!

Posted by: BethanyMerryman at February 13, 2007 4:41 PM

I agree with you Chera. It was very interesting to me also because I did not know that there were different types of strategies. I also found it intersting that imagery and symbolism fell into that category also. As they say, "You learn something new everyday."

Posted by: Derek Tickle at February 13, 2007 2:21 PM

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