Writing English Prose

Paperback | February 3, 2012

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. 1913. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II GOOD WRITING A3 COMPOSITION Composition in literature is simply the art or the act of arranging the facts to be expressed in such a way as to bring out what is important; its object is to make clear or impressive the point or effect of any piece of writing. Order is, as we have seen, fundamental to good composition; but whatever means may serve to make meaning clearer, to throw important facts into greater relief or to make them more interesting, belongs to the subject. In any event, literary composition, whether simple or intricate, depends on the structure of language: that is to say, it is essentially a method of progression, of accumulation, of piecing out idea with idea, of adding fact to fact. This idea of progression we commonly conventionalize by saying that any piece of writing--or any form of expression, like musical composition, having to do with time--has a beginning, a middle or body, and an ending. Now facts are of very various kinds and have various relations to one another. The study of composition, or, to speak more exactly, the study of arrangement in composition, is therefore the study of the means by which various kinds of material may be fitted into the mold of beginning, middle, and ending. The raw material does not usually square with this mold. The beginning of any piece of writing is an act of isolation, or sequestration, or segregation, or corralling, or rounding-up. A storyteller, for example, begins by isolating certain facts of the many that he may know or that may come into his head; of these he makes a situation. Such isolation is even more evident in the drama. But description, exposition, and argumentation also cull out facts: few writers tell us all they know, and all that even some of them know is but a tiny p...

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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. 1913. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II GOOD WRITING A3 COMPOSITION Composition in literature is simply the art or the act of arranging the facts to be exp...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217956335

ISBN - 13:9780217956338

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