Mar 2nd, 2013 by deaconodonnell
2nd Sunday of Lent, 2013
In this episode, I continue in a short series exploring some of the tools of rhetoric that may help the homilist craft a better homily. I will talk about two tools, alliteration and a modified rule of three, or groups of three.
I also offer examples in my homily for the Transfiguration. This homily is flexible enough to be modified for either the feast or the 2nd Sunday of Lent.
In language, alliteration is the repetition of a particular sound in the prominent lifts (or stressed syllables) of a series of words or phrases. Alliteration has developed largely through poetry, in which it more narrowly refers to the repetition of a consonant in any syllables that, according to the poem's meter, are stressed, as in James Thomson's verse "Come…dragging the lazy languid Line along". Another example is Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers.
A modified rule of three or a group of three is a linking of words or phrases in threes to bring home a point or to insure that at least one word sticks in peoples memory.