In literature, speaking and writing are main activities that convey information and communications for audiences to react accordingly. There are many literary devices used to make literature work attractive and have humor to its audiences. This includes metaphors, sarcasm, irony, rhetoric questioning which give rise to rhetorical questions and hypophora among other literary devices.

Define Hypophora

Hypophora, also known as antipophora or anthypophora is a figure of speech in which the speaker or writer poses a question and immediately answers it himself or herself. It’s a rhetoric device which is slightly distinct from a rhetorical question by the structure and the implication.

Hypophora vs Rhetorical Questions

In hypophora, a question is usually posed first and its answer provided by the writer in the same paragraph immediately after the question while in a rhetorical question, the question is posted and no answer provided or expected to be provided as the speaker assumes audiences obvious to know it.

Examples of antipophora in a speech

1. In the past, there was no fire. “Did people suffer from hungry due to lack of fire? No, people had alternatives to the cooked meals this include fruits, roots, and nuts.”

2. According to the story by. “What differentiate human beings other animals? Human beings are differentiated from other animals by their ability to use senses in reasoning and decision making.”

Examples of a rhetorical question

When you’re asking for self-answer questions.

1. “In case of a car accident on which you can help, would you watch and see the victim dying?”

From above examples, you have to differentiate the two literary devices – which many people confuse – in order to use them appropriately.

Why use Hypophora in literature?

Hypophora serves many functions as briefly explained below:

• It creates curiosity among readers and listeners. A well-timed silence has a heightening effect which increases audiences’ interest in the art.

• It keeps audiences’ attention hence enjoy reading or listening literature in place.

• It’s applied in the introduction of new topics and discussions of significance which the readers were not aware of hence giving easy connectivity.

• Can raise questions which readers would like them answered, therefore, giving reader morale for more fun and information.

When this literary device is used together with others to write a book, you’ll not hesitate to buy it to enjoy well structure writer-reader interface. When giving a speech you should make use of this device to make your speech lively, draw and maintain the audience’s attention.