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By on 31 Jan, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Put your finger to the pulse of language, and you will detect the heartbeat of conviction, the blood pressure of aspiration. The close reading of a speech does not simply expose stylistic flourishes, it provides an insight into the very fabric of the speaker’s thoughts and beliefs. Take Barack Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Address, for example. We find in it some signature rhetorical devices, all of which provide invaluable insights into his thinking and positioning.


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