Metanoia, as a rhetoric device, is following up a statement with another of similar sentiment but contrasting severity. When strengthening the original idea, it can be used as a clarifier or an escalating gradient; when softening it, it can create a mild recanting or a dramatic understatement.
- I fear that the slog is going to hinder me – that it’s going to smoother my brain, dull my senses, and rip the joy out of everything I do.
- The slog is the absolute worst. It’s just…really not my favorite thing, you know?
Metanoia. Use it.