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In Topic: Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

04 September 2017 - 03:34 PM


A related term...


Polysemy - One word used to describe different things. Also can include phrases, symbolic poetic imagery, and different forms of jargon. Example: Look up the word monster in webster. Then look up the same word in an old law dictionary. Some words have up to 30 meanings. They're meant to hit the senses on a deeper level. They are always done on purpose (this is the main difference between the above related homophones) and are especially used in an historical sense; over time words change their meaning but can still be twisted to serve more than one purpose of meaning.
Perhaps this is why it is difficult to teach these in class. It relates to etymology (origins of words) which takes time and study. Worthy study for a greater historical sense in meaning. 
Often, judging how Polysemes are related makes them ambiguous and vague in nature. I think this works with all languages in one form or another as problems arise when non-native speakers learn a new language. At least it's seen when learning English. Inside information can be conveyed using this device. 





I found this post about 'twilight language' to be apt:




04 September 2017 - 03:28 PM


In Topic: Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

19 August 2017 - 01:05 PM

Shall we speak of hubris this morning?


This is a literary concept designed to show a characters ignorance and pride. These types of characters usually have over inflated egos. They hold positions of power that cross examine their own moral codes and they usually break them and form new ones. They delight in causing shame in others just for the fun of it. Revenge is not hubris. Hubris is when one thinks themselves better than another. Sometimes it becomes so great as to leave an individual thinking he is equal to god. Always leading the character to try and defy nature and bring about destruction for everyone concerned.



Hamartia - Ultimately, hubris is a flaw in the personality that brings about tragic or negative results. We see stories with characters like this all the time. Rocket the Raccoon in the recent Guardians of the Galaxy movie is one such example; he steals batteries at the beginning of the movie thereby setting in motion massive blowback that creates the tension for the rest of the movie. Underlying his faux pas of thievery is the inner pride within himself that causes harmful actions.
Hamartia is that flaw bringing about the humiliation. Small defects bringing about tragic results. The audience will see the fear the character feels; past all the pride and foolishness he projects. Knowing the character has both good and bad qualities gives the viewer a sense of pity and perhaps empathy with his/her plight. Using hamartia encourages the moral purpose of the story to shine through. As we see the hero overcome the inner plight within.

In Topic: Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

12 August 2017 - 12:54 PM

Parrhesia - Free and fearless speech. Being bold and assertive when telling the truth. Bombastically displaying it all for everyone to see. Ideally, It is used to gain the attention of an audience for moral purposes. Although negativity is often inserted to add extra firepower. 
It comes from the old Greek meaning 'to speak everything'. It also implies the obligation to speak the truth to all, even at personal risk. I guess Socrates would know all about that... 
It means more than just stating your own personal beliefs but a public commitment to those beliefs. It concerns the truth about his or her own being and displaying that light outward for others to see. It comes from the core of the very self. Your own awareness of being completely naked for all to see.
Parrhesia unleashes a torrent of ideas freely without compunction, without much forethought, without stiff composure. Letting the spirit move the the moment forward. Directly expressing blunt truth by using simple, clear words to gather attention. You can see this device used all the time by the politicians and the religious ministers.  
The truth spouting from their gobs is loaded with artificial sweetener....

In Topic: Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

11 August 2017 - 12:40 PM


Smart Ass!






A two word device that describes an object with metaphors. Kennings are used in poems and riddles to report characteristics in obscured detail. Painting pictures by compressing metaphors is a good way to describe something symbolically. They replace concrete nouns with a colourful display of figurative speech. Describing something in an indirect manner. They are like metaphors and similes. When combining them together in short lists they can create clever riddles. 

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