Tribune Extras; Nos. 15, 30, 36]

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...counted them as only one..Prot. Holden concludes that a vocabulary of 30,000 words is not unusual among writers. In the debate which followed, Prof. March declared that he regarded Mr. Marsh as right in his estimates and in his way of making them. He, Prof. March, thought that the writers who were the most skilled in the use of language were not among the largest users of words. Great success in works oi' literature was won by making things apparent to a large circle of cultivated readers. The necessity of making himself easily understood compels such a writer to employ familiar words. A part of Bhakespearels art was in putting common words in such new connections that the phrases became idioms, but manifestly strange words could only rarely meet this purpose. The touch 0! nature which makes all men kin, ls---in using language---simplicity. It is due to this necessity that Milton's poetry has a smaller vocabulary than his prose. Col.Higginson was of opinion that an accomplished literary mam would never use a strange or cumbrous word when a. simple or familiar one would answcras well. But the necessity of exhibiting delicate shades of meaning sometimes requires a writer to use a variety of iools. He illustrated the point he made by supposing the case 01' a workman who has onlya gimblet and that of one who has a variety of bits to fit one auger-handle. The school-girl has a limited vocabulary, and hence with her everything is "nice" or " lovely" if it is not objectionable. Prof. March thought that the difference in the case oi' the poet from that of the less accomplished writer was that the former saw resemblances in nature which the latter did not. The poet, with his mind stored with these...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907280
  • 9781236907288