We have talked a lot about the content and the meaning of Lincoln's second inaugural. For this essay, think more about style:

How did the stylistic elements of Lincoln's speech contribute to the power of his message?

You might include Safire's elements in your conversation, discussions by White, or your own observations. Develop a few different stylistic concepts in the course of this 2-3 page essay (double-spaced, written as a Google doc and shared with me at mdunne@thayer.org). Brainstorm tonight (March 3) and write this essay in class on March 4. Please contact me by e-mail if you have any questions.