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Apophasis

Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-17 11:35:44
Apophasis refers, in general, to "mention by not mentioning". Apophasis covers a wide variety of figures of speech.

Example: A recipient of an award starts his acceptance speech by saying that "I won"t list the people who have helped me like the director, the producer, the editor, the cameraman, my mother and father, instead, I just want to talk about my fellow actors..."

Example of Apophasis in Poems & Poetry:

Mark Antony"s funeral speech in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
"I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts.
I am no orator, as Brutus is;
But, as you know me all, a plain blunt man...
For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth,
Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech
To stir men"s blood; I only speak right on."


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