The Art Of Elocution, Or, Logical And Musical Reading And Declamation; With An Appendix, Containing…

Paperback | May 6, 2012

byGeorge Vandenhoff

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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. 1851 Excerpt: ...walking in the open air, but that he shall be able at length to speak it clearly, distinctly, and forcibly, while running gently up-hill. This exercise will also, infallibly, tend to the improvement of his general carriage; for, the effort of speaking whilst walking will compel him, instinctively, to hold his body straight and to expand his chest, for the more easy delivery of his voice, which cannot have fair play with a stooping body or rounded shoulders. To speak well, easily, and powerfully, the body must be erect, the chest expanded, the legs firmly set under the hips, to support the body, and form a good fulcrum for the efforts of the voice. And this is the first step towards Gesture. The next is to acquire an easy and free use of the arms; and a pliancy of wrist. In this, thefencing-master is the best assistant. His practice will correct the prevailing awkwardness of gesture which consists in keeping the elbows glued, (if I may say so,) to the side; and working the arm in a continued angular movement, most unsightly, and utterly irreconcileable with power or grace of action. Next, let the speaker always bear in mind, that the object of gesture is to assist or enforce the words which it accompanies. Gesture is, in fact, the ally of speech. Its province is to second the voice. " Action and utterance" go together: Shakspeare has so placed them; and the action must be akin to the utterance; the gesture must be relative to the words. Gesture, therefore, must not be vague, unmeaning, motionless; or it will be a mere " sawing of the air." It must have purport and force; it must be, as it were, an animated comment on the text which it accompanies. To effect this, the following hints may be of some service in guiding the young speaker to a...

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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. 1851 Excerpt: ...walking in the open air, but that he shall be able at length to speak it clearly, distinctly, and forcibly, while running gently...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:May 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217570771

ISBN - 13:9780217570770

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