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The Strategies of Style

Richard Lischer

in The Preacher King

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195111323
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111323.003.0005
The Strategies of Style

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King's mission was, as he stated in a 1963 sermon, “to make America a better nation.” Paradoxically, he continued his high and serious objective with a style whose main principle was the achievement of pleasure. His high style encompassed both unpopular and highly resonant words that he shaped into intricate patterns of climax, antithesis, and balance. He played with internal rhyme, metaphor, assonance, and alliteration, and permitted himself and his audiences to savor deeply of the pleasures of repetition until they laughed and smiled in amazement. “I like the way he's saying it,” his audience said.

Keywords: pleasure; climax; antithesis; balance; internal rhyme; metaphor; assonance; alliteration

Chapter.  9542 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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