Example for AP Lang. Thursday Homework

If you are confused about the handout entitled “Parallelism for Fun and Fortune,” here’s an example:

“It was an old-fashioned place, moreover, in the moral attribute that the Partners in the House were proud of its smallness, proud of its darkness, proud of its ugliness, proud of its incommodiousness.” (from A Tale of Two Cities)

First, you need to identify ALL of the forms of parallelism, or, in other words, all of the schemes that use parallelism. So, for example,  this example includes: anaphora (repetition of “proud”) and also isocolon (the list of points of pride at the end are all the same length). While you don’t have to identify any other schemes besides types of parallel schemes, I’ll also point out this is also an example of a loose sentence/cumulative sentence and asyndeton, two other–non parallel based–schemes you’ll have to know!

Second, you need to write your own original sentence, using your own topic, and imitating the sentence structure and schemes. So, in this case, I need to include anaphora and isocolon To make my sentence sound like the sample sentence–which is part of your goal–I should also make it a loose sentence and make it use asyndeton. You may repeat SOME of the words in the sample sentence, but not all! It doesn’t matter what you write about, and it may be helpful to write about the same subject. (My cat is staring at me while I type this, so I’ll write about her.) Here’s an example of what I mean:

She was a nasty cat, moreover, in the constitutional attribute that she was angry with being let out, angry with being let in, angry with being ignored, angry with being petted.

This is a loose sentence with four  phrases that use anaphora, isocolon, and asyndeton.

As for the corrections to Wednesday’s class work/homework, that will be posted here tomorrow!


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