Essays Speculative and Suggestive

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byJohn Addington Symonds

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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. 1893. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... NOTES ON STYLE. Part J. HISTORY AND USAGE OF THE WORD. The etymology of words which we are wont to use in a figurative sense will often help us to form a right conception of the different shades of meaning attached to them by custom. Style is derived from the Latin stilus; and stilus was the metal-pointed instrument with which the Romans wrote upon their waxen tablets. When Cicero employed the phrase, orationes poene Attico stilo scripts, he meant to praise the diction of certain speeches which were written "almost with an Attic pen," or "almost in an Attic style." When he spoke of stilus exercitatus, this was equal to " the pen of a practised writer," or "a practised style." Stilo Plautirio may be indifferently translated "with the pen of Plautus," or "in the style of Plautus." Thus, during the golden period of Latin literature, the word stilus had already passed into the stage of metaphor. The mechanical instrument of writing was taken to indicate the manner in which anything was written, in the same way as we speak of the palette, the burin, or the pencil of artists to indicate the manner of their execution. Modern scholars, at the time when European culture was still classical and Latin was the universal language, adopted this term naturally. But as no one now used a stilus in writing, the metaphor implied in it was not so obvious. The ancients, mindful of its etymology, had confined the word style to modes of writing, with rare and post-Augustan extension to modes of speaking. We have come to apply it to all the arts as well as to much besides. We speak of style in architecture, sculpture, painting, music; style in manners, style in law procedure; the style of royal or noble persons, the old and new style of chronology, the style in which a thing is done or...

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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. 1893. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... NOTES ON STYLE. Part J. HISTORY AND USAGE OF THE WORD. The etymology of words which we are wont to use in a figurative sense will oft...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:138 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.3 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217712177

ISBN - 13:9780217712170

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