What Are Some Examples of Well-Written Speeches?

Good examples of well-written speeches are the "Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln, "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat" by Winston Churchill and "I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King, Jr. Well-written speeches can easily catch the audience's attention, hold their interest and give them valuable insights on a particular topic.

Other famous speeches that are revered and remembered over time include Socrates' apology, which was rendered by Plato, to an Athens jury and the speeches of major characters in William Shakespeare's plays, such as Marc Antony's address to the people in "Julius Caesar" and Caliban's speech in "The Tempest." Great speeches have several things in common, specifically the use of simple sentence structure, repetition of key phrases and imagery through metaphors, similes or creative descriptions.