In Diane Ackerman’s essay “kissing”, the use of literary devices and several types of method of development helps her create and sustain the vivid intimacy on kissing. It is evident to the readers that the author adds interest to her essay by using allusions and emphasizing on various types of authorities. Diane Ackerman alludes to authorities in order to establish credibility for her piece of writing and to add a more knowledgeable background on her topics. She also uses a significant amount of parallelisms and anecdotes. One knows that by using parallelism the author places emphasis on a specific word or phrase so that it will embed itself in the readers mind. Also the use of anecdote displays a more subtle yet effective way to form an experience with the readers.
             Anecdotes add a type of familiarity that can be very convincing to the readers. Diane Ackerman uses anecdotes to share a personal and emotional experience with the reader. Her first anecdote appears in the third paragraph, where she talks about her high school experience. Immediately she captures the audiences’ attention due to the same familiarity of high school. This captive and long sentence uses parallelism and repetition to emphasize the fact that they know how to kiss. “We kissed for hours in the busted-up front seat... we kissed inventively… we kissed extravagantly beside a turtlearium… we kissed soulfully…” (Ackerman 3). The whole third paragraph is one long sentence and Diane Ackerman uses this to make the reader grasp for air as if they themselves are kissing for hours. By doing so, the author creates and catches the vivid intimacy on kissing. Furthermore, her diction in the third paragraph creates an image that helps carry out her point of view on passion of kissing. “We kissed torridly, with tongues like hot pokers; we kissed wildly, almost painfully…” (Ackerman 3). She generates this hot, passionate de

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