Classical Rhetoric in English Poetry

Classical Rhetoric in English Poetry

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by Brian Vickers
     
 

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Back in print after 17 years, this is a concise history of rhetoric as it relates to structure, genre, and style, with special reference to English literature and literary criticism from Ancient Greece to the end of the 18th century.

The core of the book is a quite original argument that the figures of rhetoric were not mere mechanical devices, were not, as many

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Back in print after 17 years, this is a concise history of rhetoric as it relates to structure, genre, and style, with special reference to English literature and literary criticism from Ancient Greece to the end of the 18th century.

The core of the book is a quite original argument that the figures of rhetoric were not mere mechanical devices, were not, as many believed, a "nuisance, a quite sterile appendage to rhetoric to which (unaccountably) teachers, pupils, and writers all over the world devoted much labor for over 2,000 years." Rather, Vickers demonstrates, rhetoric was a stylized representation of language and human feelings.

Vickers supplements his argument through analyses of the rhetorical and emotional structure of four Renaissance poems. He also defines 16 of the most common figures of rhetoric, citing examples from the classics, the Bible, and major English poets from Chaucer to Pope.

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"Brian Vickers has provided what has been missing all along, a just, evenhanded, and comprehensive treatment of this subject. . . .Vickers manages neither to despise rhetoric nor to claim too much for it as an aid to our understanding."       —Russell M. Brown, Renaissance and Reformation

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Reprint of the 1970 edition. Presents a history of rhetoric as it relates to the structure, genre, and style of English poetry to the end of the 18th century. Argues that rhetorical figures were not mechanical devices, but stylized methods of representing human feelings. Paperback edition (unseen), $9.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809314966
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1989
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
943,708
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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