Mark Forsyth’s The Elements of Eloquence explores the figures of rhetoric, divulging tricks used by the Ancient Greeks to Katy Perry, showing that certain phrases – like ‘Bond, James Bond’ – are effective because it’s not what you say, but how you say it.
Do you have what it takes to write eloquently? Have a go at using three kinds of rhetoric: Hypophora, Syllepsis and Diacope to write and
submit a short poem (less than 150 words) to us by Monday 9th December (9am GMT). We’ll post some of the entries here on Tumblr throughout the competition - so look out for yours! Thank you for all the lovely poems! We are now sending them to Mark Forsyth to judge.
Mark Forsyth will judge the best use of rhetoric and one lucky poet will win a signed copy of The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase plus a set of Shakespeare Fridge Poetry, and one runner up will also win a set of fridge poetry.
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