John F. Kennedy's Presidency

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Please provide literary devices present in John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Speech.

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In his Inaugural Address in January, 1961, President John F. Kennedy used several literary devices to make the speech impactful. Some are as follows.

A paradox is a statement that seems to be, at first glance...

...self-contradictory or opposed to common sense but upon closer inspection contains some degree of truth or validity.

Kennedy points out how powerful the world is, but that it has two very different sides.

...man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.

Symbolism is also used with reference to a torch, symbolic of passion or dedication, used in this case with the passing of a torch that represents the passing on of responsibility.

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans…

There is the sense of carrying a torch—a light ignited and burning without interruption —as was done in the Ancient Greek games, based upon the Olympic...

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