Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 562 pages
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Widely used in advanced composition and writing courses, Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student discusses the three vital components of classical rhetoric--argument, arrangement, and style--bringing these elements to life and demonstrating their effective use in yesterday's and today's writing. Presenting its subject in five parts, the text provides grounding in the elements and applications of classical rhetoric; the strategies and tactics of argumentation; the effective presentation and organization of discourses; the development of power, grace, and felicity in expression; and the history of rhetorical principles. Numerous examples of classic and contemporary rhetoric, from paragraphs to complete essays, appear throughout the book, many followed by detailed analyses.
The fourth edition of Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student features a new section on the Progymnasmata (classical composition exercises), a new analysis of a color advertisement in the Introduction, an updated survey of the history of rhetoric, and an updated section on "External Aids to Invention."

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This book will always be a favorite on my bookshelf. It touches on many subjects; logic, debate, argumentation (forming and analyzing), cogent and lucid expression, &c... It also has many exercises that are tremendously useful.

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Highly recommend this book for people looking to improve their written argument skills. Whilst it does go into a little more detail on syllogisms than is strictly necessary - the structure is such that one can skip bits and still gain value.

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

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