for writers and readers….

T is for TRICOLON – the power of three

TA tricolon is a sentence made up of three clearly defined parts. It’s often used in speeches

Veni, vidi, vici (I came; I saw; I conquered.) Julius Caesar

Bust of Julius Caesar from the British Museum

Bust of Julius Caesar from the British Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“with malice toward none, with charity toward all, with firmness in the right…”
Abraham Lincoln in his inaugural address when he was elected President for the second time.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
Winston Churchill August 1940 in a speech about the Battle of Britain.

“Education, Education, Education”
Tony Blair on his ploicy priorities when he became Prime Minister.

And the greatest living orator Barrack Obama used the power of three 29 times during his victory speech on election night in 2008.

Here’s a couple of examples:

“…because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.”

“It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston…”

Democratic nominee Barack Obama

Democratic nominee Barack Obama (Photo credit: Wa-J)

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This entry was posted on April 23, 2013 by in A-Z Challenge 2013 and tagged , , , , , , .


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