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ERIC Number: ED048309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 115
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Rhetorical Devices in Literature for Children.
Toothaker, Roy Eugene
The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence, extent, order, and character of 18 rhetorical devices occurring in 100 trade books for children in the primary grades. The most frequent rhetorical devices and the total number of uses recorded for each device were alliteration, 1,079; onomatopoeia, 500; antithesis, 335; simile, 261; personification, 321; and ellipsis, 219. Devices of sound ranked first in frequency of use; devices of comparison, second; devices of composition, third; devices of contrast, fourth; and devices of association, fifth. It was found that books are available on the primary-grade level which can be used in classrooms to teach recognition and appreciation of certain devices, and that even short passages written for young readers often indicate the use of rhetorical devices which clarify a thought and render prose more attractive. (Author/DD)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Arkansas