Principles of Written Discourse

Principles of Written Discourse

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...of deceit, perversion or falsity. Sincerity in character and expression is not only, thus, a condition of beauty, but is itself beautiful. It has all the attractiveness of. that which is natural and unaffected--"Beauty when unadorned, is adorned the most." (b.) Propriety or Fitness. This is what the older writers mean by Grace--a perfect adaptation of one thing to another. This is secured, in part, by the condition already mentioned. Sincerity is always more 01 less appropriate. This propriety may be manifested in various forms. A--In the Theme. This in itself must be pleasing. The general principle here involved is, that the Theme must be in keeping with the character and object of the Discourse. B--In the Discussion. All the means adopted here must be in obference to good taste. Unity and symmetry must be manifest as in a work of art. This involves propriety of plan or outline on which the discussion is based. C--In the Object of the Discourse. This is not so much to instruct or to impress as to attract. The aim must, thus, be a pure and worthy one, fully in keeping with the theme and discussion, and lending to them additional grace. D--In the Diction employed. Propriety is one of the ruling principles in diction--"the right word in the right place." "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." As to kinds of words, special reference may be made to those discussed as Concise, Figurative and Euphonic, it being remembered that Native words belong alike to all the qualities. "Beauty of words," says Aristotle, "consists in the meaning conveyed, in the image they present, and in the sound." These correspond precisely to the classes specified. E--In the Sentences used. As to...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509498
  • 9781236509499