Composition in the Classical Tradition / Edition 1

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Overview

Composition in the Classical Tradition borrows from late antiquity a series of composition exercises called the progymnasmata to teach the art of persuasion. The exercises apply an understanding of the invention and composition of arguments from ancient rhetoric to a writer's own forms of persuasive communication. This book is structured to provide an effectively graded sequence of exercises, manageable at each step, from the simple to the more difficult and from the concrete to the abstract, within an explicit rhetorical framework. Learn how to compose an essay or a speech by first becoming proficient at its parts Composition in the Classical Tradition features a variety of ancient forms myths, historical episodes, descriptions, fables, proverbs, anecdotes, and speeches for readers to enjoy while learning how to write and speak persuasively. For anyone interested in composition and classical rhetoric.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780023271410
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 9/2/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter begins with “Introduction.”

Preface.

Introduction.

1.The Narrative.

Retelling Narratives.

Attributes of the Narrative.

Modes of the Narrative.

2.Description.

Methods of Describing.

Ordering the Details.

Attributes of Description.

3.The Fable.

Retelling Fables.

Adapting Fables to Given Contexts.

4.The Proverb.

Amplifying Proverbs.

Relating Parts to Wholes.

5.The Anecdote.

Amplifying Anecdotes.

Relating Parts to Whole.

6.Refutation/Confirmation.

Inventing Arguments: Questions of Fact.

Arranging the Parts.

7.The Commonplace.

Inventing Arguments.

Arranging the Parts.

8.Praising and Blaming.

Inventing Arguments.

Arranging the Parts.

Forms of Praising and Blaming.

9.The Comparison.

Inventing Arguments.

Arranging the Parts.

10.The Speech-in-Character.

Inventing Imaginary Speeches.

Arranging the Parts.

11.The Thesis.

Inventing Arguments.

Arranging the Parts.

12.For and Against Laws.

Inventing Arguments.

Arranging the Parts.

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