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Rhetorical Grammar (English linguistics 1500-1800; a collection of facsimile reprints)

Walker, John

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ISBN 10: 0854174478 / ISBN 13: 9780854174478
Published by Scolar Press, 1971
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Ex-Library with associated markings; text proper is clean. Great condition, just a former library book. Very mild wear. Binding genuinely tight (book tends to shut if not held open). Issued without a jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 1303250009

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Title: Rhetorical Grammar (English linguistics 1500...

Publisher: Scolar Press

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Good

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1801. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... which we choose that the strength of our cause should rest. In every kind of public speaking it is import tant to hit the precise time of concluding, so as to bring the discourse just to a point; nei-i ther ending abruptly and unexpectedly, nor disappointing the expectation of the hearers, when they look for the discourse being finished. The close should always be concluded with dignity and spirit, that the minds of the hearers may be left warm, and that they may depart with a favourable impression of the subject and of the speaker. Having thus adjusted and prepared the several parts of a subject, the next object is the style in which we are to convey it to others. This has been so elaborately and accurately treated by Dr. Blair, that I shall take the same liberty which others. have done, of extracting some of his thoughts on this subject, and refer the student in rhetoric to the Doctor's excellent lectures, for a. more complete view of whatever is necessary to be known., $(yle--Perspicuity and Precision. Style is the peculiar manner in which a man expresses his conceptions by means of language. It is a picture of the ideas which rise in his mind, and. of the order in which they are produced. The qualities of a good style may be ranked under two heads--perspicuity and ornament. It will readily be admitted, that perspicuity ought to be essentially connected with every Jjind of writing. Wiihout this the brightest ornaments of style only glimmer through the dark; and perplex, instead of pleasing the reader. If we are forced to follow a writer with much care, to pause, and to read over his sentences a second time, in order to understand them fujly, he will never please us long. Mankind are too indolent to be fond of so much labour. Though they may pretend to admire ...

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