Amplification involves expanding upon a word or phrase in order to clarify, emphasize, or add detail. By repeating or elaborating upon a word or phrase, amplification can create a sense of importance, urgency, or emotional impact, and can be a powerful tool for persuasion or argumentation. Amplification can also be used to add richness and depth to a narrative, by providing additional information or detail that can help to create a more vivid and immersive world for the reader.
Examples of amplification:
“The horror! The horror!” – In Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” the repeated phrase “The horror!” amplifies the sense of despair and darkness in the narrative.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness” – In Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities,” the use of amplification creates a vivid contrast between the different elements of society during the French Revolution.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal'” – In Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, the repetition and elaboration of the phrase “I have a dream” amplifies the power and impact of his message.
“This is the way the world ends , Not with a bang but a whimper” – In T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men,” the repetition and elaboration of the phrase “This is the way the world ends” amplifies the sense of despair and hopelessness in the poem.
“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying” – In Nelson Mandela’s autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom,” the amplification of the phrase “sinner who keeps on trying” emphasizes the idea of redemption and the importance of perseverance.