Stylistic Devices - Climax

Climax (figure of speech)

Climax refers to a figure of speech in which words, phrases, or clauses are arranged in order of increasing importance.

Examples of climax

These are some examples:


Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good;
A shining gloss that vadeth suddenly;
A flower that dies when first it gins to bud;
A brittle glass that's broken presently:
A doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, a flower,
Lost, vaded, broken, dead within an hour.

Shakespear, The Passionate Pilgrim


"There are three things that will endure: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."

1 Corinthians 13:13


This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Martin Luther King, I Have a Dream

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