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Style and Statement

Edward P. J. Corbett and Robert J. Connors

Publication Date - September 1998

ISBN: 9780195115437

160 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $39.95

Description

Developed from the very popular fourth chapter of the authors' Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, 4th ed., Style and Statement is a concise introduction to the components of effective style as they were first defined by classical rhetoricians and as they apply to writing today. An essential reference for students and all writers, it incorporates numerous lively exercises that emphasize the contemporary applications of classic styles. The book opens with an extended discussion of diction and continues with an analysis of sentence composition and Professor Corbett's famous numerical style studies, which unite the principles of diction and sentence organization. Its catalogue of figures of speech is exceptionally comprehensive and includes definitions of the classic tropes. A practical application of imitation as a means of developing style introduces the final section of the text, which consists of the analysis of selected short readings ranging from an eighteenth-century work by Hugh Blair to John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    THE STUDY OF STYLE
    Grammatical Competence
    Choice of Diction
    An Adequate Vocabulary
    Purity, Propriety, and Precision of Diction
    Composition of the Sentence
    Study of Style
    Kind of Diction
    Length of Sentences
    Kinds of Sentences
    Variety of Sentence Patterns
    Sentence Euphony
    Articulation of Sentences
    Figures of Speech
    Paragraphing
    A Student Report on a Study of Style
    Stylistic Study (Grammatical Types of Sentence)
    Stylistic Study (Sentence Openers)
    Stylistic Study (Diction)
    Figures of Speech
    The Schemes
    Schemes of Words
    Schemes of Construction
    The Tropes
    Metaphor and Simile
    Synecdoche
    Metonymy
    Puns
    Anthimeria
    Periphrasis
    Personification or Prosopopoeia
    Hyperbole
    Litotes
    Rhetorical Question
    Irony
    Onomatopoeia
    Oxymoron
    Concluding Remarks on the Figures of Speech
    Imitation
    Testimonies about the Value of Imitation
    Rollo Walter Brown: "How the French Boy Learns to Write"
    Exercises in Imitation
    Imitating Sentence Patterns
    Sample Imitations
    Readings
    Hugh Blair: Critical Examination of the Style of Mr. Addison in No. 411 of "The Spectator"
    John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address
    A Paragraph of Virginia Woolf Analyzed for Style
    Index