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“Literature was not born the day when a boy crying ''wolf, wolf'' came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels; literature was born on the day when a boy came crying ''wolf, wolf'' and there was no wolf behind him.”

--Vladimir Nabokov

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Writers Toolbox

Tool: Amplification (Literary Device)

Amplification is a rhetorical device writers use to embellish a sentence or statement by adding further information. The objective is to increase readability and worth of the statement or sentence. They usually use it when a simple sentence is abrupt, and cannot convey the desired implications. Writers then use amplification to make structural additions, and give further meanings by describing and repeating a certain statement or idea. The purpose of this rhetorical device is to bring the readers’ attention to an idea, which they may miss otherwise.


Original sentence - The thesis paper was difficult.

After amplification - The thesis paper was difficult: it required extensive research, data collection, sample surveys, interviews and a lot of fieldwork.