Semantically, Lincoln chose words with similar denotation and used complex parallel constructions and near synonyms to repeat concepts and to enlist the audience to support his cause: “we are engaged,” “we are met,” “we have come”; “we can not dedicate,” “we can not consecrate,” “we can not hallow”; “that from these honored dead,” “that we here highly resolve,” “that this nation, under God”; and the internal parallelism of in “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” The structure of Lincoln’s sentences paralleled the structure of the sentence preceding it in a way that linked ideas and interlocked the sentences. For instance, “Now we are engaged in a Great Civil War” is followed by “We are met on a great battle-field of that war,” followed by “We have come to dedicate a portion of that field,” and so on. Having set up this construction and carried the idea through as to the reason why the ceremony is taking place, Lincoln then turns the idea around to view it in a different way: “But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate–we can not consecrate–we cannot hallow–this ground.”The religious denotations of the speech are apparent in the figurative opening “Fourscore and seven years ago,” reminiscent of ages as given in biblical times. The last line states that the nation is “under God”. As the purpose of the speech was to consecrate a cemetery on a battlefield, the religious denotations seem fitting. Lincoln wanted the audience to praise and honour the dead and said that while the world will not long remember the words being said on this day, as the ceremony is transient, the world will remember what these men did on the battlefield and the way they died. In truth, of course, the world has remembered both, and the world perhaps remembers what those men did more because of Lincoln’s address than in spite of it.