Classical World Volume 1

Classical World Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...has accumulated in speech. Our very words are charged with a kind of vitality--with the heart and brain power of the men who used them. When a nation has been speaking and writing and printing a word for centuries, coloring it with the events of their public and personal life, expressing by it their temper, their courtesy, the results of their thinking, pouring into it their passions--you can easily see what a delicate and marvelous instrument we may have in a common word as Shakespeare or Milton or Webster or Lincoln may use it. It should be the purpose of educational training to bring us into the fullest possible control of this stored up wealth. "Then an exercise of great value in the development of intelligence is derived from the handling of the elements of speech in their relations, a point not sufficiently emphasized. The elements of speech are the implements of reason and the processes of speech are the methods of reason; so it is the pa tient handling of these elements in their relations _ that develops reasoning power. It is by working upon sentences, getting their meaning, and exercises in their formation, that the crude insights of the untrained mind are brought forward to something like sagacity. "This seems so elementary that one hesitates to speak of it in such a presence as this; yet in such a presence as this it is likely to be best understood that what most boys need even on entering college is the power to grasp clearly the meaning of a paragraph of classic text--not any particular subject or predicate here or there, but the whole thought with the grouping and the shading of its members, and the feeling of the author that underlies its expression--these members lying upon the page linked perhaps by many...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907108
  • 9781236907103