Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ancient Rhetoric Facebook Page Update

  • Jesus, the living dead...Lol, Sorry i had to. Can this be considered an example of an apposition? If not, i'll try again.
      • Leigh Yerkes LOL! Sure, if you give it a finish. Perhaps something like: "promptly smote Shem with a bolt of lightening." ;D However, "living dead" does speak to last weeks assignment.
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  • For a Metonymy, and in the same category: The kids were scorned by a man of cloth.
  • Apposition: Leigh Yerkes, a busy, single mother of three, was the first to post for next week's assignment. ;D
  • Metonymy: "Houston, we have a problem!"
  • Received from M.W.: Oxymoron – dull shine

    Alliteration – The dignified dandelion dared droop.
  • Please...this is just in fun:
    Before taking this class, I use to regard rhetoric as the rude, ruthless ramblings of the rarely rational faarrrr-right republican reprobates whose rabid raucous rants often resulted in rampant retaliatory ruminations of my own. In reflection, I recant this raving rubbish for risk of righteous reactions and ramifications. (okay...now I'm working on those dreadfully disagreeable and discontented democrats:)
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  • Alliteration: lyrics from Aerosmith's song, "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," including the three words of the title in parenthesis: "She a LONG LOST LOVE at first bite" "Or who you're going to LOVE by your LOVER/ LOVE put me wise to her LOVE in disguise" and "Her picture GRACED the GRIME on the door"

    Oxymoron: titles such as "Cruel to be Kind" by Nick Lowe, "Accidentally on Purpose" by George Jones. Also phrases such as the following: government organization, honest politician, living dead, pretty ugly, and so on.
  • Walter Shapiro's opinion (and alliteration at the end):
    …..a State of the Union (speech) inevitably is a bureaucratic document thematically marred by speechwriting by committee. Cabinet agencies pleading for a few sentences ….combined with the political necessity of pleasing constituency groups… help produce theme-less puddings of presidential prose.
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  • Here's an oxymoron AND an alliteration: Social Security
    My other favorite "S" oxymorons: Sure bet; Sight unseen; Silent alarm; Safety hazard; Short distance; Sanitary sewer:)
  • Here's another article I found when doing some research... Of course, it's an opinion, but still... Thoughts? I don't know if it's relevant, but it was certainly interesting. :)
      • Mike Brewer Steve is right on when he mentions "an overall breakdown in civility." I've been thinking and saying that a lot in the past few years--it goes beyond talk radio, of course. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Tucson's Bob Walkup urged his counterparts to sign a "civility accord."
        Saturday at 9:17pm ·
      • Mike Brewer On an NPR broadcast, Thursday, Patricia Harrison, CEO of Corp. for Public Broadcasting said we are all going through a bad economy and deficit problems, but that we also have a "deficit in this country of education[and] civility." Yes, indeed.
        Saturday at 9:22pm ·
  • Deep in a forest in the dead of winter a beaver chose to build a pond. Being very fast and very strong, the beaver created in very little time a dam which pooled shallow water. The other beavers also relied on his uncanny speed, often diving away in danger at his echoing alarm. The beaver finished everything early, and was very diligent; his pond and feedstock were finished before the other beavers. He thought, “I should build more dams and store more food for myself, since I have so little to do now.” So the beaver made three shallow ponds, protected by the dams he created, each stocked with food. Soon after there was a heavy rain and all the beavers acted quickly to protect their homes. The diligent beaver found he was unable to repair all three of the dams in time, and watched his work drift downstream with the rising waters. While all of the beavers suffered exhaustion, only one suffered gloom.
  • I realize this video was done right after the shooting, but I'm still hearing so much about the issues surrounding "political rhetoric." It's so interesting to me. I could stand to learn so much more about politics and Sarah Palin, but it seems they (several people and other politicians) are placing blame on the rhetoric used by other politicans. Check this out and let me know what you think!
    Following Saturday's mass shooting in Arizona, two senators weigh in on the state of political discourse in America.
      • Shem Hinkle haha sounds more like Philosophy to me!!
        January 20 at 7:31pm · · 1 person
      • Leigh Yerkes I agree Steve! This passive-aggressive shite is for the birds! Whaa-whaa-whaa...
        January 20 at 11:20pm ·
  • Not sure i know how to do this, but here it goes...
    Before being a bold or bashful being, before being bombarded with boring bouts of banal business, before bashing bitter blight, before breaking boundaries between best buddies, before browbeating blood belief, before biddable background of bitterness and bliss, before being blinded, blind-sided, blind-spotted, blind-dated or begotten is to be born.
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      • Martha Eagleson lol..WOW!
        January 20 at 10:31am ·
      • Leigh Yerkes Wow! Fantastic! Actually gave me chills! We have a poet in out midst!
        January 20 at 3:50pm · · 1 person
  • And here is one of my all-time favorite examples of alliteration. He begins using alliteration at about 30 seconds in.
    The scene in V for Vendetta in which V introduces himself to Eevy, in a long rambling string of alliteration.
  • ON NCIS LA last night, my ears perked up when I heard the term "Naval Intelligence" which was immediately identified by the character as an oxymoron.
      • Shem Hinkle Lol This is almost like military intelligence. In order to have a military, isn't compliance more important than intelligence?
        January 19 at 2:37pm ·
      • Steve Amidon It's the quandry of a military in a "free and democratic" society. "Free and democratic" when combined with "military" is itself an oxymoron!
        January 19 at 2:50pm · · 1 person
  • This has always been one of my favorite alliterations: (Some of you might not remember) Spiro Agnew was Nixon's VP--Attacking the "liberal" media, he refered to them as the "nattering nabobs of negativity." Agnew was fond of alliteration, but hated hippies -- including me! Of course, he resigned in disgrace in 1973 after criminal charges of tax evasion, bribery, etc. As for me, I eventually got a haircut and infiltrated "the establishment."
      • Andrew N Johnson ‎"infiltrated," eh?
        January 19 at 12:03am ·
      • Mike Brewer Yeah. Why?--Does that make you feel a little uneasy ... suspicious, perhaps?
        January 19 at 12:09am ·
  • Here are some oxymorons (I stole the first on from the movie clip) girly man, act naturally.
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      • Mike Brewer Buck Owens--from the West-coast capitol of country-western music: Bakersfield, Cal.--never made a bad record. Love the Buckaroos!
        January 18 at 10:01pm ·
      • Mike Brewer And don't forget Ringo's version. Wait--let me rethink that ...
        January 18 at 10:25pm ·
  • For alliteration, a line from one of my all-time favorite CSNY songs: "Helplessly hoping her harlequin hovers nearby, awaiting a word."
      • Steve Amidon It is a great one!!!!
        January 18 at 12:54pm ·
      • Mike Brewer ‎"Wordlessly watching he waits by the window and wonders ... at the empty place inside." Haunting. Great job, Leigh!--One of Stephen Stills' best!
        January 18 at 10:07pm ·
  • A thought: Is an "oxymoron" also an example of a "paradox"?--A statement that might be true but seems to say two opposite things? Also, should we put "Berra-isms" into the same catagory? For instance: The great Yankee catcher was asked by his teamates after a game if he wanted to go out with them to a particular restaurant--"Nah," replied Yogi, "nobody goes there anymore--it's too crowded!"
  • Greetings, everyone! Your oxymoron examples have been great--hard to top, but let me toss a few out there: How about "peace-keeping force"? And speaking of the military, "hurry-up and wait." Here's another--"tough love."
  • When I paste in this page to my Research Methods Blog from my Macbook, it maintains all of the formatting and pictures. When I do it from the Dell, I get a mess of text.
  • My daughter Madeline and I were just laughing about this oxymoron: "alone together".
  • My dad always gave this example of an oxymoron, but I never could quite 100% see it... What does everyone else think?

    Oxymoron: glass cup
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      • Shem Hinkle yeah, a cup is plastic typically. A glass, as the name suggests is usually made out of glass. :) We were always too poor to call it a glass. They were cups in my household.
        January 15 at 2:30pm ·
  • Alliteration: Counting countless cats could create a cacophony of meows.

    Just made that up... why not! Oxymoron to follow...
    Let's see here...
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  • This is how I learned simile, metaphor, oxymoron
    In this scene from the movie Renaissance Man, Bill Rago (Danny DeVito) is trying to teach his students about Similes, Metaphors, and Oxymorons.
  • I found an alliteration with my name: Carries cat clawed her couch, creating chaos.
  • I may be jumping the gun a little, but here is my example of oxymoron.

    I understand oxymoron as the juxtaposition of two ideas that seem contradictory but still somehow have a nuanced force or meaning. It can involve two words or two phrases.

    For a word-level oxymoron: "waking nightmare"

    For a phrase-level oxymoron, I offer my brother's favorite defense in any argument: "You shut your mouth when you're talking to me!"
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      • Matthew Willits The OED suggests it originates in America around the early 1900s in track and field events, where athletes would start before the pistol was fired.
        January 12 at 10:01pm ·
      • Shem Hinkle ahh, that sounds like the real deal.
        January 12 at 11:03pm ·
  • My daughter just said this the other day- "She is pretty ugly"
      • Shem Hinkle doesn't pretty also mean 'somewhat', and not just good-looking.
        January 11 at 8:59pm ·
      • Tricia Day pretty much! :-)
        January 12 at 5:43pm ·
  • Admitting that I'm not a literature student naturally would explain why I did not know what an alliteration was. But with research on the internet I found some of this example “She sells sea-shells down by the sea-short” Is an alliteration another name for a tongue twister? Here is my own alliteration- Tricia taste's tacos every Tuesday at Tony's. I think I'm turning into a literature student right in front of everyones eyes:-)
  • haha one I remembered from Psych...a "proven correlation".
  • My favorite oxymoron: Jumbo Shrimp.
  • alliteration, "The giant, juggernaught Jemini jumped over Judas and James jubilantly."
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      • Ryan Quandt ‎"and joyously joked in a jesterly manor."
        January 11 at 8:32pm ·
      • Ryan Quandt I will apologize in advance, for an English major, I am a terrible speller
        January 11 at 8:36pm ·
  • My favorite oxymoron when describing people far more intelligent than me, "My twin sister is stupid smart."
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  • The BYU website has great resources for thsi class!
    A set of rudimentary exercises intended to prepare students of rhetoric for the creation and performance of complete practice orations (gymnasmata or declamations). A crucial component of classical and renaissance rhetorical pedagogy. Many progymnasmata exercises
  • Here's alliteration used as a tongue twister, too! :)

    Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
  • I never could figure out why it was called the "Great Depression." My favorite oxymoron, though, is something I always say: seriously funny! Now, I'm going to be self-conscious about it! :)
  • When reading the fables, look for examples of the figures of narration and figures of description discussed here!
    Students were given a fable, typically one of Aesop's, which they would amplify and abbreviate. Or, they would write a new fable in close imitation of Aesop. It was specifically recommended that students turn indirect discourse into direct discourse. Example
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  • It's tough to pick a favorite for alliteration, but I really like Rossetti, so here's the opening line from "Jenny": "Lazy laughing languid Jenny"-- an example of both assonance and consonance.
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  • www.purdue.edu
    Marc Dziak, at left, a second-year doctoral student in literary studies, and Daniel Nedelescu, a third-year doctoral student in economics, consult the university's Online Writing Lab during a tutoring session. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Writing Lab so
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    Watch the animation series of Aesops Tales - Ant And The Dove - a great learning experience for kids in the most entertaining and fun way. Clickhttp://www.rajshri.com/Listing/Kids/Free-Hindi-Kids-Videos-Cartoon-Animation-Nursery-Rhyme-Baby-Clips to watch more animation Stories.
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  • Your assignment, to be completed before class on January 24, 2011 is to post an example of an oxymoron, and an example of alliteration, to this facebook group.
  • Steve Amidon added Shem Hinkle, Andrew N Johnson and Leigh Yerkes to the group.
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