Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric

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David R. Godine Publisher, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 253 pages
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Masters of language can turn unassuming words into phrases that are beautiful, effective, and memorable. What are the secrets of this alchemy? Part of the answer lies in rhetorical figures: practical ways of applying great aesthetic principles -- repetition and variety, suspense and relief, concealment and surprise -- to a simple sentence or paragraph. Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoricrecovers this knowledge for our times. It amounts to a tutorial on eloquence conducted by Churchill and Lincoln, Dickens and Melville, Burke and Paine, and more than a hundred others. The book organizes a vast range of examples from those sources into eighteen chapters that illustrate and analyze the most valuable rhetorical devices with unprecedented clarity. The result is an indispensable source of pleasure and instruction for all lovers of English.
 

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Epizeuxis Epimone etc
3
Anaphora
16
Epistrophe
32
Symploce
46
Anadiplosis
55
Polyptoton
63
Isocolon
74
Chiasmus
97
Asyndeton
147
Ellipsis
157
Pręteritio
166
Aposiopesis
182
Metanoia
194
Litotes
204
Erotema
212
Hypophora
226

Anastrophe
115
Polysyndeton
128
Bibliographical Note
251
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Ward Farnsworth is dean and the John Jeffers Research Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He is the author many books, including "The Legal Analyst, " also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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