Manual of English Rhetoric

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byAndrew Dousa Hepburn

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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. 1875. Excerpt: ... with truthfulness, as it gives a false view of the subject, or of the writer's feelings in reference to it. Though employed for the sake of emphasis its effect is the reverse; the endeavor to give importance to what is low and feeble by using strong language, only renders the feebleness more apparent. It destroys both the logical precision and the moral dignity of a language. The use of strong terms on ordinary subjects and occasions is a certain sign of poverty of thought and shallowness of feeling. Sobriety of judgment which sees things as they are and appreciates them at their real worth, and sincerity and earnestness of feeling, employ the language of moderation, such as expresses less than is felt rather than more. 48. Conclusion.--The rules which have been given relate to words used in their literal, proper sense. By observing them we present a clear and truthful statement of our thoughts to the understanding. But when we aim at the highest possible degree of perspicuity and vivacity; when we would call into activity the reader's powers in reproducing the ideas; and when we would excite his feelings and passions and move his will, we must endeavor to bring the notions down from the abstract generality in which they are presented to the understanding in their appropriate signs, and exhibit them in sensible forms to the imagination. The means of doing this are the Figures of Speech, which will be considered in the next chapter. CHAPTEB III. FIGURES OF SPEECH. 49. Figures of Speech in general--Definition.--Figures of speech are deviations from the strictly grammatical and logical modes of expression, by means of which ideas and thoughts are conveyed with vividness and force. Are natural and necessary.--The real nature of the relation of figures to thou...

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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. 1875. Excerpt: ... with truthfulness, as it gives a false view of the subject, or of the writer's feelings in reference to it. Though employed fo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217849288

ISBN - 13:9780217849289

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