Holy Ambition: Rhetoric, Courtship, and Devotion in the Sermons of John Donne

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Glossary of Rhetorical Terms
adclerumto the clergy, commonly used to refer to learned sermons
adpopulumto a popular audience
agona relationship of opposition or conflict between two elements
anadiplosisthe repetition of the last word of a clause at the beginning of the next
anaphorathe repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses or lines
antistasisrepetition of a word in a different or contrary sense
aporia oran expression of doubt (often feigned) or deliberation by which
dubitatioa speaker appears uncertain as to what he or she should think, say, or do
auxesis orwords or phrases arranged in order of ascending intensity
incrementumor importance
causathe use of a narrative, myth, or history of origins to account for present conditions
circumstancesthe key elements that comprise a narration: who, what, when, where, how, why
climaxsee gradatio
commonplacea general argument, idea, or statement that could be memorized and employed in composition for a variety of purposes or occasions (see also topos)
confirmatiothe part of an argument or oration dedicated to supporting, confirming, or asserting a proposition
congeries ora heap or accumulation of words run together
sinathrismus
consolatioa rhetorical gesture of consolation or comfort for a cause or occasion of grief
copiarichness, abundance, or fullness in expression
diacoperepetition of words, phrases, or clauses with one or a few words in between
dialogismoa species of aporia which involves questioning and answering
dispositiothe arrangement or order of material in a document or oration
divisioa statement of the main points to follow in a document or oration
dubitatiosee aporia
elocutiothe quality and manner of one's use of words in expression, also referred to as style or ornamentation

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