Questions tagged [rhetoric]

The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.

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What's the difference between 借代 and 比喻?

These are two rhetorical devices commonly used. The most typical example would be 一个红领巾向我走来 -- 借代 A 像 B -- 比喻 These are easy to identify. However, some are harder, for example: 一片冰心在玉壶。 Is the author ...
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Antimetabole and source for literary devices

What is the translation of the literary device of antimetabole in Chinese? I'm sure a bunch of idioms use it, but I haven't found a good translation for the term. For instance, how would someone ...
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Can a 为什么 question be rhetorical in Chinese?

A rhetorical question is a question that doesn't expect an actual answer. It's said only to make a point, or to convey sarcasm, etc. In English, a rhetorical question may be (inspired from the linked ...
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What type of rhetoric (if any) is this?

The following is from a forum on Chinese football: In this reply, the name "马德兴" is posted as "马兴", very likely on purpose hinting that this person lacks "德" (virtue). ...
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Is it considered as anadiplosis (顶真) when the same character repeats but means differently?

In "顶真", one uses a word near the end of the clause and then repeats that word to begin the next clause. For example, 忽聞海上有仙山,山在虛無縹緲間. What if the same character repeats but means ...
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