The cadence of counterbalance

Biljana Scott, (2009) The cadence of counterbalance. 3L; Language,Linguistics and Literature,The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies., 15 . pp. 7-22. ISSN 0128-5157


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This paper explores how political rhetoric draws from poetry. In particular, it focuses on the ‘cadence of counterbalance,’ namely the expression of an antithesis using alliteration. It is suggested that political rhetoric, at its most rousing and memorable, is poetical both because it draws on the musical resources of language and because it appeals to a redressing vision which counterbalances current views of the world with a more desirable one. The cadence of counterbalance is identified as the common denominator of a selection of historical speeches, and is considered to possess the ‘ring of truth’ across centuries, continents and cultures.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:politics; poetry; rhetoric; speeches; chiasmus
Journal:3L ; Journal of Language, Linguistics and Literature
ID Code:1046
Deposited By: Mr Azam
Deposited On:09 May 2011 07:07
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:28

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