Political Rhetoric

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Political Rhetoric

There are ancient records of political speeches, such as those of Demothenes, that show the use of techniques that are as effective today, as they were in the past.

Max Atkinson, of Oxford University, suggests that political speechwriters consistently rely on a range of techniques, including:

  • Alliteration
  • Allusion
  • Antithesis*
  • Asking Questions and Recieving Answers
  • Lists (especially of three items) 
  • Metaphor (especialy extended…


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