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English Stylistics Class 2013. Climax — Anticlimax

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Climax (figure of speech)

Climax refers to a figure of speech in which words, phrases, or clauses are arranged in order of increasing importance.

Examples of climax

These are some examples:

1.

Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good; 
A shining gloss that vadeth suddenly; 
A flower that dies when first it gins to bud; 
A brittle glass that's broken presently: 
A doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, a flower, 
Lost, vaded, broken, dead within an hour.

Shakespear, The Passionate Pilgrim

2.

"There are three things that will endure: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."

1 Corinthians 13:13

3.

This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Martin Luther King, I Have a Dream


Anticlimax (figure of speech)

Anticlimax refers to a figure of speech in which statements gradually descend in order of importance. Unlike climax, anticlimax is the arrangement of a series of words, phrases, or clauses in order of decreasing importance.

 

Examples of anticlimax

These are some examples of anticlimax:

1. She is a great writer, a mother and a good humorist.

2. He lost his family, his car and his cell phone.

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