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 A list used for rhetorical effect. You can employ a Catalog to describe, to emphasize a key concept, or to surprise your audience with an unexpected item. Catalogs have the advantage of being easy to follow, letting your audience pay attention to the details you provide them. You don’t actually have to list every item; you can imply some items by stating a range (from…to…).


Bags of moist and many-colored jelly babies and a folded flag and a false nose and a tram-conductor's cap and a machine that punched tickets and rang a bell; never a catapult; once, by mistake that no one could explain, a little hatchet… Dylan Thomas, "A Child's Christmas in Wales"

In the great green room there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon. And there were three little bears sitting on chairs, and two little kittens and a pair of mittens and a little toy house and a young mouse and a comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush and a quiet old lady who was whispering "hush."  Margaret Wise Brown, Goodnight Moon