Rhetorical Communication

The following artifacts, Abraham’s Lincoln’s “Second Inaugural Address” and Emily
Dickinson’s poem “Success Is Counted Sweetest,” were written at about the same time,
and each is written with reference to the Civil War. The two pieces are often held to
represent two different types of discourse: Lincoln’s address is categorized as rhetoric,
while Dickinson’s work fits best into the category of poetry. Thinking back on the
characteristics of rhetorical discourse discussed in this chapter, what case could be made, if
any, for distinguishing Lincoln’s work from Dickinson’s? Do they belong in different
literary categories? Refer back to the resources of language – argument, appeal,
arrangement, and artistic devices – in thinking about these two pieces. Does each employ
all four resources? Write 3-4 Page essay.

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