a circus act in which a performer displays his or her balancing ability
a situation requiring careful balancing of opposing groups, views, or activitiesa delicate balancing act between Greek and Turkish interests
Civil Rights Act of 1964
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Creating Rhythm and Balance with Parallelisms
When writers use very similar wording across several sentences or lines of poetry, it’s known as parallel sentence structure. Doing this creates rhythm and balance. Parallel sentence structures are also known as parallelisms. Simple parallelisms may be as short as words or phrases. More complex ones may combine entire clauses or sentences. Parallel sentence structures can highlight aspects of stories and poems in many ways. …
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