Representative Essays On The Theory Of Style

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byWilliam Tenney Brewster

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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.1905 Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION I "We shall never learn the affinities of beauty; for they lie too deep in nature and too far back in the mysterious history of man. The amateur, in consequence, will always grudgingly receive details of method, which can be stated but can never be wholly explained." 1 Whoever will be at pains to peruse the numberless definitions of the term style will in course of time perceive that Stevenson states the difficulty; whether or not the reality of style lie "too deep in nature and too far back in the mysterious history of man," it is certain that the larger number of definitions of the term, as well as the essays on the subject, even if they abandon practical details in the search for principles underlying a body of phenomena, rarely succeed even in approaching an explanation of the idea of style. De Quincey frankly admitted the difficulty when he said, " It is a natural resource, that whatsoever we find it difficult to investigate as a result, we endeavour to follow as a growth. Failing analytically to probe its nature, historically we seek relief to our perplexities by tracing its origin."2 The host of attempts at definition, however, speak clearly of one fact--there is a variety of things which a great many people have agreed to call style, something that is or is not present to the consciousness of the reader, as of the amateur in other arts besides literature, to which he gives the name to conjure with. The "proper words in proper 1 On Style in Literature.-Style, Part II. places" of Swift, the " le style est dThomme meme" of Buffon, the " sa maniere dc s'exprimer" of M. Brunetiere, all betoken something of which the presence or the absence is felt. A singular connotation, an ill-placed word, a hackneyed phrase, reveal, in some way, to the al...

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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.1905 Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION I "We shall never learn the affinities of beauty; for they lie too deep in nature and too far back in the mysteriou...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.23 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217987389

ISBN - 13:9780217987387

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