Apophasis - a rhetorical device wherein the speaker or writer brings up a subject by either denying it, or denying that it should be brought up

An exercise in Villonet (a cross between a villanelle and a sonnet)
I mixed a few of the rhyme scheme patte



Apophasis

That I should utter maledictions here:
A hostile and accusatory claim,
Maligning me, insulting my good name.
A thing like that from me you’ll never hear.

My enemy is not the one to fear.
I cannot tear him down with words unkind.
If you believe, you may have lost your mind,
That I should utter maledictions here.

Now listen close, and lend me your good ear
So I may tell you what you need to know.
They’re not a crook or thief, so let it go!
A thing like that from me you’ll never hear.

That I should utter maledictions here,
To wipe my competition from the field:
A thing like that from me you’ll never hear...




Poetry by Ducks
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Written on 2021-06-18 at 11:56

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Lady Courtaire
This got a wry chuckle out of me. Quite an effective and realistic persona you've crafted here. We've got a mayoral election coming up with an incredibly crowded field, and I feel like I've heard more than one of them use this rhetorical device against a competitor. Well done!
2021-06-18