Essentials of argument by Arthur Parker StoneEssentials of argument by Arthur Parker Stone

Essentials of argument

byArthur Parker Stone

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...increased activity. The.... intensive reaction of the terse, pointed say-ciseness to ing acts as a shock to the mind. To enu-arouse the merate and describe the courses given in a large university in the large and small college argument would be deadly monotonous; but it is another matter to say: "For one man to take all the courses offered by Harvard University would require 110 years." The proverb and the epigram are such pointed forms of statement that prick the attention by conciseness. The appeal of the concise to the attention is in the intensity of the stimulus. In a foundry we can bear without great discomfort the refracted heat from a white hot mass; but if a small part of this heat were concentrated on any part of our body by an oxy-hydrogen blow-pipe, we should be cremated, at least in part. It is the concentration, the condensation, that makes the stimulus intense enough to leave its impression. A sermon of half an hour on the evils of intoxication may be forgotten during its delivery; a sharp, pointed epigram, "No man can serve two masters, especially if one be John Barleycorn," may stick in the memory for years. What brevity is to wit, conciseness is to argument. "In laboring to be concise," Horace tells us, "I become obscure." Just as we found that in trying to secure force by repetition we tended to over-leap ourselves and attain monotony, now we find Concreteness pmiciT that in striving for conciseness we fall into pie of force abstract terms lacking in vividness, and therefore in interest. What force we gain in form, we more than lose in substance. " Discretion is the better part of valor," is concise enough, but its abstractness tends to diminish its forcefulness. "Adam's meat may be Eve's poison" is concise, but it is...
Title:Essentials of argumentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217207480

ISBN - 13:9780217207485