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Developed from the very popular fourth chapter of the authors' Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, 4th ed., Style and Statement is a concise introduction to the components of effective style as they were first defined by classical rhetoricians and as they apply to writing today. An essential reference for students and all writers, it incorporates numerous lively exercises that emphasize the contemporary applications of classic styles. The book opens with an extended discussion of diction and continues with an analysis of sentence composition and Professor Corbett's famous numerical style studies, which unite the principles of diction and sentence organization. Its catalogue of figures of speech is exceptionally comprehensive and includes definitions of the classic tropes. A practical application of imitation as a means of developing style introduces the final section of the text, which consists of the analysis of selected short readings ranging from an eighteenth-century work by Hugh Blair to John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.

Table of Contents

Preface

THE STUDY OF STYLE

Grammatical Competence

Choice of Diction

An Adequate Vocabulary

Purity, Propriety, and Precision of Diction

Composition of the Sentence

Study of Style

Kind of Diction

Length of Sentences

Kinds of Sentences

Variety of Sentence Patterns

Sentence Euphony

Articulation of Sentences

Figures of Speech

Paragraphing

A Student Report on a Study of Style

Stylistic Study (Grammatical Types of Sentence)

Stylistic Study (Sentence Openers)

Stylistic Study (Diction)

Figures of Speech

The Schemes

Schemes of Words

Schemes of Construction

The Tropes

Metaphor and Simile

Synecdoche

Metonymy

Puns

Anthimeria

Periphrasis

Personification or Prosopopoeia

Hyperbole

Litotes

Rhetorical Question

Irony

Onomatopoeia

Oxymoron

Concluding Remarks on the Figures of Speech

Imitation

Testimonies about the Value of Imitation

Rollo Walter Brown: "How the French Boy Learns to Write"

Exercises in Imitation

Imitating Sentence Patterns

Sample Imitations

Readings

Hugh Blair: Critical Examination of the Style of Mr. Addison in No. 411 of "The Spectator"

John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address

A Paragraph of Virginia Woolf Analyzed for Style

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195115437
Author:
Corbett, Edward P. J.
Author:
Connors, Robert J.
Author:
null, Robert J
Author:
null, Edward P. J.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Literature/English | Writing | Composition
Subject:
English language -- Style.
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Series Volume:
194
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9 x 0.2 in 0.5 lb

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