New Memoirs of Literature, (Volume 4); Containing an Account of New Books Printed Both at Home and Abroad, with Dissertations Upon Several

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 204 pages
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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. 1726. Excerpt: ... well translated into French. Mr. Rollin wishes also that young people would learn Rhetoric for the space of two years. II. Composition is the subject of the second Chapter. It is very natural, fays the Author, to begin with the most easy matters, and most adapted to the capacity of young people, such as fables, and then small narrations, parallels, either between great men of different characters, or between different professions, and different actions. Discourses, and Speeches are the most difficult part in Rhetoric, and therefore ought to be kept for the end. At first, every thing must be made easy to young people. Afterwards they must be used by degrees to compose without help, and left altogether to themselves. Among the duties of a Professor of Rhetoric, the manner of correcting the compositions of scholars is one of the most important. Quintilian's reflexions upon that matter are very judicious. Our Author has inserted them in this place: it will be sufficient for me to refer the Readers to Quintilian, /. 2. c. 2. & 4. Mr. Rollin gives an Essay from Latin and French Authors, to show how young people may be taught to compose, either by word of mouth, or in writing. That Essay, upon which I cannot enlarge, takes up the greatest part of this Chapter. III. The third concerns the reading and the explication of Authors. Mr. Rollin has already observed, speaking of the duties of a Professor of Rhetoric in point of Eloquence, that thia is one of the most essential parts, and that it A 3 may may be said in one sense to contain all the others. And indeed by explaining the Authors, a Master makes the application of the precepts, and teaches young people to make use of them in the composition. The peculiar duty of a Rhetor is to discover to them the oeconomy of...

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