Chiasmus help

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  1. gen1125

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    I need to come up with an original chiasmus for my class on Rhetoric. Anything?
     
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    Here is one you can try:

    PARALLEL:

    He knowingly lied and we blindly followed (ABAB)

    INVERTED:

    He knowingly lied and we followed blindly (ABAB)

    I hope this helps. Good luck!

    RICKY_27
     
  3. Jason

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    You need something that you have come up with. You've got me doodling here, but what has come to my mind is something that you are unlikely to be comfortable with:

    Before he dies the wise man
    Should consider the fate of his soul,
    Whether judged for good or judged for ill -
    For such is the fate of all souls
    The wise man ponders while he lives.

    This is a free translation of "Bede's Death Song", a linguistically obsure Anglo-Saxon text. This chiasmus I've given it is inverted with the form ABCBA. The C line is a parallel structure. The two B lines are parallel (maybe one of them should be inverted). The A lines invert one another. There is a strong conceptual inversion of die and lives.

    There's a gowing realisation that the Gospels contain many extended chiasmus sequencies. For example chapter one of Mark's gospel is an extended chiasmus which turns around the dove descending. Chiasmus may even be a tool for seeing where there are additions or gaps in the texts we have of the gospels.

    Steeleye Span presented a version of Bede's Death Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSvrLt5edus
     
    #3 Jason, Sep 22, 2010
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