Recovering the Classical in the Common: Figures of Speech in "A Scandal in Bohemia"

Murdock, Karen
February 2012
Minnesota English Journal;Feb2012, Vol. 47, p85
The article discusses figurative expressions in the Sherlock Holmes short story "A Scandal in Bohemia." Teachers are encouraged to use modern literature as a way of teaching classical elements, one of which is figurative speech. The short story is said to provide examples of three common figures of speech, namely, anaphora, epistrophe, and polyptoton. Awareness of a few verbal patterns enables students to decipher how writers think and how they compose the way they do.


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