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This title presents an enlightening overview and analysis of the uses of rhetoric in the English language. The way we use our language to convince and cajole is based on timeless principles - on repetition and variety, suspense and relief, expectation and satisfaction - that have been employed by writers and speakers since the Golden Age of Greece. They can be applied with effect to the construction of simple sentences and paragraphs, or entire compositions. Farnsworth's "Classical English Rhetoric" draws on examples from some of the great masters of English prose - Lincoln and Churchill, Dickens and Melville, Burke and Pain - to illustrate and analyse the most frequently used rhetorical devices with unrivalled clarity and detail. For anyone with an interest in the true potential of language, this is an indispensable guide, a highly useful reference, and a rewarding (and even entertaining) source of instruction.
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"Let me close with an example of hypophora--asking a question and then answering it: Should you buy Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric? If you're at all interested in the techniques of writing, yes." -- Michael Dirda "Washington Post"
"What might have been a dry analysis full of Greco-Latin terminology becomes an enchanted garden of lively English prose...the book is beautifully designed and provides its examples in a handsome format...I admire it; I appreciate it; I recommend it." -- Steve Dodson "The Millions"
"The most immediate pleasure of this book is that it heightens one's appreciation of the craft of great writers and speakers... and to rehabilitate writers and speakers whose rhetorical artistry is undervalued...more than anything Mr. Farnsworth wants to restore the reputation of rhetorical artistry & the result is a handsome work of reference." -- Henry Hitchings "Wall Street Journal"
Ward Farnsworth is Professor of Law and Nancy Barton Scholar at Boston University.
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