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|Figures, Definitions, Audio, Video Illustrations|
Rhetorical Figures in Sound
is a compendium of 200+ brief audio
(mp3) clips illustrating 40 different figures of speech.
Most of these figures were constructed, identified, and classified by Greek
and Roman teachers of rhetoric in the Classical period. For each rhetorical device,
definitions and examples, written and audio, are provided. Audio examples
are taken from public speeches and sermons,
movies, songs, lectures, oral interpretations of literature, and other media events. Some artifacts
have been edited further to make the devices easier to detect. In the interest of
diversity, I have included a range of voices and perspectives.
A webliography below indicates source material for the terms and their definitions.
Material in audio and streaming video formats requires a digital-audio player. If necessary, click on one of icons below for a free player.
Primary Sources: Terms & Definitions
Bullinger, E.W. (1968). Figures of speech used in the Bible. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI.
Corbett, E.P. & Connors, R.J. (1999). Classical rhetoric for the modern student (4th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
Harris, R. (2003). A handbook of rhetorical devices. Retrieved April 16 2003, from http://www.virtualsalt.com/rhetoric.htm
Lanham, R.A. (1991). A handlist of rhetorical terms (2nd ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press.
Young, G. (2003). Silva rhetoricae. Retrieved April 16 2003, from Brigham Young University website: http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/silva.htm
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