An outline of sematology; or, An essay towards establishing a new theory of grammar, logic and rhetoric [by B.H. Smart]. (Google eBook)

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Page 183 - Could I embody and unbosom now That which is most within me could I wreak My thoughts upon expression, and thus throw Soul, heart, mind, passions, feelings, strong or weak, All that I would have sought, and all I seek, Bear, know, feel, and yet breathe into one word, And that one word were Lightning, I would speak ; But as it is, I live and die unheard, With a most voiceless thought, sheathing it as a sword.
Page 210 - It is evident how much men love to deceive, and be deceived, since rhetoric, that powerful instrument of error and deceit, has its established professors, is publicly taught, and has always been had in great reputation...
Page 209 - But yet if we would speak of things as they are, we must allow that all the art of rhetorick, besides order and clearness, all the artificial and figurative application of words eloquence hath invented, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment, and so indeed are perfect cheats...
Page 208 - Since wit and fancy find easier entertainment in the world than dry truth and real knowledge, figurative speeches and allusion in language will hardly be admitted as an imperfection or abuse of it. I confess, in discourses where we seek rather pleasure and delight than information and improvement, such ornaments as are borrowed from them can scarce pass for faults. But yet if we would speak of things as they are, we must allow that all the art of...
Page 217 - Where is Cupid's crimson motion ? Billowy ecstasy of woe, Bear me straight, meandering ocean, Where the stagnant torrents flow. Blood in every vein is gushing, Vixen vengeance lulls my heart, See, the Gorgon gang is rushing ! Never, never let us part.
Page 4 - They tooth and nail, and helter skelter, Fought fist to fist ; then with a club Each learned his brother brute to drub ; Till, more experienced grown, these cattle Forged fit accoutrements for battle. At last (Lucretius says and Creech) They set their wits to work on speech : And that their thoughts might all have marks To make them known, these learned clerks , Left off the trade of cracking crowns, And manufactured verbs and nouns.
Page 211 - Are we to infer that he regarded rhetorical theories in general only as objects of ridicule and, like the author of Hudibras in a later age, held that All a rhetorician's rules Teach nothing but to name his tools ? There are a score of other passages in which he or the characters through whom he speaks profess to care little and know nothing about rhetoric. Says the Franklin : I lerned never rethoric certeyn ; Thing that I speke, it mote be bare and pleyn. I sleep never on the Mount of Pernaso Ne...
Page 80 - Inversis quse sub verbig latitantia cernunt : them : But can only deplore the dullness of my own apprehension, who, notwithstanding the great authors quoted in Mr. Harris's treatise, and the great authors who recommend it, cannot help considering this " perfect example of analysis...
Page 29 - And thus, those words, which were originally the proper names of individuals, would each of them insensibly become the common name of a multitude. A child that is just learning to speak, calls every person who comes to the house its papa or its mamma ; and thus bestows upon the whole species those names which it had been taught to apply to two individuals.
Page 210 - Eloquence, like the fair sex, has too prevailing beauties in it, to suffer itself ever to be spoken against. And it is in vain to find fault with those arts of deceiving, wherein men find pleasure to be deceived.

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