Rhetoric Technically, the art of communicating ideas. Thus, any purposeful use of language is rhetorical Typically, a mode of discourse intended to persuade an audience to adopt certain ideas or perspectives, or to take certain actions. Lyric Typically, a mode in poetry or other form of language characterized by appeal to emotion imitation of a meditative state presentation of images versus comment or conclusions about ideas Alexander Pope To what extent is Pope’s “Essay” rhetorical or lyrical?
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