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The most widely used textbook of its kind for courses in advanced composition and writing, Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student discusses the three vital components of classical rhetoric - argument, arrangement, and style - bringing these elements to life and demonstrating their effective application in yesterday's and today's writing. Presenting its subject in five parts, the text provides grounding in the elements and applications of classical rhetoric; the strategies and tactics of argumentation; the effective presentation and organization of discourses; the development of power, grace, and felicity in expression; and the history of rhetorical principles. Numerous examples of classic and contemporary rhetoric, from paragraphs to complete essays, appear throughout the book, many followed by detailed analyses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195062939
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1990
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 0.10 (w) x 0.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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Ohio State University

University of New Hampshire

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Table of Contents

I Introduction 1
Rhetorical Analysis of a Magazine Ad 2
Homer: "The Envoys Plead with Achilles" 6
A Brief Explanation of Classical Rhetoric 15
The Five Canons of Rhetoric 17
The Three Kinds of Persuasive Discourse 23
The Relevance and Importance of Rhetoric for Our Times 24
II Discovery of Arguments 27
Formulating a Thesis 27
The Three Modes of Persuasion 31
The Topics 84
Manuel Bilsky, McCrea Hazlett, Robert E. Streeter, and Richard M. Weaver: "Looking for an Argument" 130
Richard L. Larson: "A Plan for Teaching Rhetorical Invention" 137
External Aids to Invention 141
An Illustration of the Use of the Search Strategy 174
Readings 184
Rachel Carson: "The Obligation to Endure" 185
Socrates' Apology 195
Obituary of Katharine Sergeant White 209
James Madison: "The Federalist, No. 10" 214
Edmund Burke: "Letter to a Noble Lord" 230
Thomas Henry Huxley: "Science and Culture" 237
Matthew Arnold: "Literature and Science" 245
III Arrangement of Material 256
The Parts of a Discourse 259
Concluding Remarks on Arrangement 291
Readings 292
Thomas A. Sanction: "Planet of the Year" 292
Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Letter from Birmingham Jail" 301
Henry David Thoreau: "Civil Disobedience" 320
IV Style 337
Grammatical Competence 339
Choice of Diction 341
Composition of the Sentence 354
Study of Style 359
Figures of Speech 377
Imitation 411
Readings 448
Hugh Blair: "Critical Examination of the Style of Mr. Addison in No. 411 of The Spectator" 448
John F. Kennedy: "Inaugural Address" 459
A Paragraph by Virginia Woolf To Be Analyzed for Style 472
Analysis of Style as Persuasion in the "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Richard P. Fulkerson 478
V The Progymnasmata 484
A Sequence of Assignments 485
VI A Survey of Rhetoric 489
Classical Rhetorics 489
Rhetoric During the Middle Ages 497
Some Continental Rhetoricians 499
English Vernacular Rhetorics of the Sixteenth Century 501
English Rhetorics of the Seventeenth Century 505
English Rhetorics of the Eighteenth Century 511
Rhetoric in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 517
Bibliography 544
Index 556
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