Advanced Course Of Composition And Rhetoric; A Series Of Practial Lessons On The Origin, History, And Pecularities Of The English Language. Adapted To by George Payn Quackenbos

Advanced Course Of Composition And Rhetoric; A Series Of Practial Lessons On The Origin, History…

byGeorge Payn Quackenbos

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... variety. Give the substance of the quotation from Hndibras which illnstrates it. In what doea the fourth variety consist? Illustrate it. Describe the fifth variety. Illustrate it. § 307. The last species of wit is what the French call jeu de mots, and what we recognize in English as the pun, or a play upon words. Though regarded as the lowest kind of wit, yet there are few to whom it is not, at times, a source of amusement. In tracing its history, we find that it has been a favorite entertainment with all nations in a certain stage of then-progress towards refinement of taste and manners, and has afterwards gradually, though invariably, fallen into disrepute. Thus, in England, during the reigns of Elizabeth and James I., it was regarded as one of the chief graces of writing, and as such entered, not only into the works of Shakspeare and other great dramatists, but also into the sermons and moral essays of grave divines. As soon as a language is formed into a system, and the meaning of words is ascertained with tolerable accuracy, opportunity is aiforded for expressions, which, by the double meaning of certain words, in reality have an entirely different meaning from what at first sight they seem to have; and the penetration of the reader or hearer is gratified by detecting the true sense in spite of its disguise. But, in process of time, the language becomes matured; the meaning of its words is more strictly defined; those capable of a double application, having been once used in this way, lose their effect for the future, inasmuch as without novelty they can excite no surprise or pleasure in the mind: and thus the pun falls in the estimation of the tasteful and judicious. Novelty, as just remarked, is essential to the effect of a...

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Title:Advanced Course Of Composition And Rhetoric; A Series Of Practial Lessons On The Origin, History…Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.38 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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