Consider opening and closing your essay with 2-4 sentences relating to your conceit, and make sure the tone throughout your essay is consistent too.
Another engaging, memorable way to open an essay is with a personal anecdote, or story.
Consider the example below: Anaphora is extremely effective in emphasizing a specific emotion or idea.
The deliberate repetition is dramatic and emotionally moving, an obvious superior alternative to the awkwardness and dullness of rewording the same idea in different ways repeatedly in order to avoid reusing the same words.
Below are a few of our favorite rhetorical devices and how you can use them to set your essay apart.
A conceit is a metaphor that extends throughout the length of a piece of writing.
For example, if you’re struggling to explain a powerful emotional experience like depression, consider using a conceit to develop the idea: “In television and magazine advertisements, depression is often depicted as a small, feeble raincloud, showering its sufferer with negative thoughts and tiny anxieties.
In reality, however, depression is more like a vast ocean; expansive, terrifying, impossibly powerful and seemingly invincible.
Anaphora is also useful when highlighting a transition into a new mindset or environment, as in the sample above.
Still, using anaphora can be surprisingly tricky, and picking the right moment to use it is crucial.