Style and Statement

Paperback | July 1, 1998

byEdward P. J. Corbett, Robert J. Connors

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Developed from the very popular fourth chapter of the authors' Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, 4th ed., Style and Statement is a concise introduction to the components of effective style as they were first defined by classical rhetoricians and as they apply to writing today. Anessential reference for students and all writers, it incorporates numerous lively exercises that emphasize the contemporary applications of classic styles. The book opens with an extended discussion of diction and continues with an analysis of sentence composition and Professor Corbett's famousnumerical style studies, which unite the principles of diction and sentence organization. Its catalogue of figures of speech is exceptionally comprehensive and includes definitions of the classic tropes. A practical application of imitation as a means of developing style introduces the final sectionof the text, which consists of the analysis of selected short readings ranging from an eighteenth-century work by Hugh Blair to John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.

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Developed from the very popular fourth chapter of the authors' Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, 4th ed., Style and Statement is a concise introduction to the components of effective style as they were first defined by classical rhetoricians and as they apply to writing today. Anessential reference for students and all writers...

Edward P. J. Corbett is at Ohio State University (Emeritus). Robert J. Connors is at University of New Hampshire.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.2 inPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195115430

ISBN - 13:9780195115437

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Table of Contents

PrefaceTHE STUDY OF STYLEGrammatical CompetenceChoice of Diction An Adequate Vocabulary Purity, Propriety, and Precision of DictionComposition of the SentenceStudy of Style Kind of Diction Length of Sentences Kinds of Sentences Variety of Sentence Patterns Sentence Euphony Articulation of Sentences Figures of Speech Paragraphing A Student Report on a Study of Style Stylistic Study (Grammatical Types of Sentence) Stylistic Study (Sentence Openers) Stylistic Study (Diction)Figures of Speech The Schemes Schemes of Words Schemes of Construction The Tropes Metaphor and Simile Synecdoche Metonymy Puns Anthimeria Periphrasis Personification or Prosopopoeia Hyperbole Litotes Rhetorical Question Irony Onomatopoeia OxymoronConcluding Remarks on the Figures of SpeechImitation Testimonies about the Value of Imitation Rollo Walter Brown: "How the French Boy Learns to Write" Exercises in Imitation Imitating Sentence Patterns Sample ImitationsReadings Hugh Blair: Critical Examination of the Style of Mr. Addison in No. 411 of "The Spectator"John F. Kennedy: Inaugural AddressA Paragraph of Virginia Woolf Analyzed for StyleIndex

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"This well written text not only provides excellent reading selections, it also contains some clever approaches to style in the sections on figures of speech and imitation."--Anne Bliss, University of Colorado at Boulder