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Did President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address contain parallelism?

President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address does contain parallelism. As well as the more direct examples of parallelism, implied parallelism is used when Lincoln says "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here..." Had Lincoln used direct parallelism here, he would've said "The world will little note what we say here, nor long remember what we say here," but he uses the shorter version for concision.

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There are many examples of parallelism in Abraham Lincoln's short speech. Parallelism is the repetition of the same grammatical structure in a work of writing.

Some examples of parallelism include the following. In the statement below, the repeated phrase "we cannot" helps convey the way words ultimately fail to express the full meaning of what has happened at this battle:

we cannot dedicate โ€” we cannot consecrate โ€” we cannot hallow โ€” this ground.

Parallelism can be seen below in the repeated "it is for us" structure. The insertion of "rather" adds some interest to the parallelism:

It is for us. . .it is rather for us

In the famous ending of the speech, parallelism helps makes it memorable:

government of the people, by the people, for the people ...

The repetition of the phrase "the people" emphasizes that the United States is a democracy. It was a radical experiment in governance for that time period and one that, Lincoln wants to emphasize, is worth preserving.

Lincoln put his 272-word...

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