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  1. Jan 2023
  2. Sep 2016
    1. Havana is only 90 miles from Florida, but to get here we had to travel a great distance

      The actual distance traveled is a quick 90 miles, however President Obama goes on to introduce the greater "distance" endured to arrive at the threshold of "support", "freedom and opportunity". The two thoughts obviously contrast one another, the former insinuating that Havana is close while the latter suggests that it is far. The purpose of this was to emphasize the initial claim of proximity but yet express the hard work and cohesion that was necessary.

  3. Oct 2013
    1. "It is fitting that Greece should cut off her hair beside the tomb of those who fell at Salamis, since her freedom and their valour are buried in the same grave." Even if the speaker here had only said that it was right to weep when valour was being buried in their grave, it would have been a metaphor, and a graphic one; [1411b] but the coupling of "their valour" and "her freedom" presents a kind of antithesis as well.
    2. It is also good to use metaphorical words; but the metaphors must not be far-fetched, or they will be difficult to grasp, nor obvious, or they will have no effect. The words, too, ought to set the scene before our eyes; for events ought to be seen in progress rather than in prospect. So we must aim at these three points: Antithesis, Metaphor, and Actuality.

      Effective metaphors are easy to understand.

    1. Three chief features of these clever, pointed sayings are: (1) antithesis, (2) metaphor, and (3) actuality or vividness (i.e. the power of "setting the scene before our eyes").
  4. Sep 2013