Analyze the devices and strategies that Lincoln used in the Gettysburg address to serve his purpose. You'd be helping me if: -you added quotes -analyzed each quote and their devices -mentioned...

Analyze the devices and strategies that Lincoln used in the Gettysburg address to serve his purpose.

You'd be helping me if:

-you added quotes

-analyzed each quote and their devices

-mentioned apostrophe, allusion, anaphora, antithesis, repetition, eupherism, parallel structure, and asyndeton?

This would help me start a  HUGE research paper. Thank you!!!!!!

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There is many a critic such as H.L. Mencken and a historian who declare Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address more of a poem than a historical recounting. Indeed, it is a beautiful piece of rhetoric, and, perchance, what an emotionally and physically torn nation needed to bolster its spirits over the worse kind of war, civil war.

Here are the requested rhetorical devices in The Gettysburg Address :

  • apostrophe - An address to an imaginary character or someone from the past. This address usually begins with "O ---"
    Example: There are none.
  • allusion - A reference to a place, person, or occasion in the past
    Example: "A new nation, conceived in Liberty" - allusion to America's Declaration of Independence.
  • anaphora - The use of the same word or phrase at the start of consecutive clauses. 
    Example: "we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow"
  • asyndeton -The omission of a conjunction between parts of a sentence to maintain rhythm and lend forcefulness
    Example: "...government of the people, by the people, for the people..." (normally, there would be "and" before the last phrase of "for the people") 
  • antithesis - A contrasting effect achieved by putting together two contrasting ideas
    Examples: "Living, dead"; "Little note, long remember"; "What we say, "those that gave their lives...nation might live"
  • parallelism - The use of successive words, phrases, clauses, or sentences that correspond in grammatical structure, sound, rhythm, etc.
    Examples: "That nation, that war, that field; Cannot dedicate, cannot consecrate, cannot hallow; What we say here, what they did here; of the people, by the people, for the people"
  • repetition - The reiteration of words or phrases to make an idea clearer
    Examples: "new nation, that nation, any nation; so conceived, so dedicated; we are engaged, we are met, we have come"
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