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Chapter 17. Are We There Yet?: Conclusio... > Reading and Revising - Pg. 143

Are We There Yet?: Conclusions, Revisions, and Titles 143 Class Act Craft your conclusion with words that convey strength. Use memorable imagery, words, and phrases that appeal to the senses. Also use alliteration, the repetition of initial consonant sounds. Abraham Lincoln used alliteration in the opening line of "The Gettysburg Address": He repeated the initial "f" three times: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent...." For a brief speech, start with a catchy opening that refers to your topic. In the body, present all the supporting information. Close with a challenge, summary, or appeal. With a longer speech, you may wish to start with a less direct opening, such as a quotation. After you develop your main idea, close with the same method you used in the opening. The structure of the body remains the same, but the introduction and conclusion have been dovetailed to your audience, purpose, and subject. Reading and Revising As you learned in Chapter 16, "Body Building," the three final stages in writing your speech are revising, editing, and proofreading. Speech of the Devil