Faulkner, speaking in 1950, uses several examples of alliteration, or beginning words that are next to each other or near each other with the same sound. Examples are "ding dong of doom" and "he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance." In the latter example, the "s" sound is repeated in "soul," "spirit," and "sacrifice." Alliteration helps to create a musical, sing-song quality that is pleasing to the ear and that makes prose more poetic.
Faulkner also uses parallelism, a literary device in which words or phrases in a list are phrased in similar ways. For example, he says the following:
"It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past."
In the example above, two phrases begin with "by" followed by a word ending in "ing" ("lifting" and "reminding"). In addition, there is a series of words after "of the," and this list, all in the same format, is an example of parallelism. The parallel phrasing emphasizes all the qualities that a writer can bring about.
An example of repetition in the speech is the following: "because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat." In this phrase, "worth" is repeated to emphasize its importance in the sentence.
Faulkner also uses personification. For example, he says, "He writes not of the heart but of the glands." In this sentence, "heart" is made to resemble a person and stands for the larger phenomenon of the human spirit, while the "glands" seem human and have the quality of lust.