978-0-8201-1533-7 / 9780820115337

Elements of Composition and Rhetoric (American Linguistics, 1700-1900)


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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1869 Excerpt: ... Thomson. "But yonder comes the powerful king of day, Rejoicing in the east. The lessening cloud, The kindling azure, and the mountain's brow, Tipt with ethereal gold, his near approach Betoken glad." Butler. "But now the Sun had in the lap Of Thetis taken out his nap; And, like a lobster boiled, the morn From black to red began to turn." Hood. "There are fairy tulips in the east, The garden of the sun; The very streams reflect the hues, And blossom as they run." Question).--What is said of variety of expression? What is one of the simplest modes of varying a sentence? What are the parts of sentences? What is a period? What is said of it and there? What is said of changing the order of the sentences? Mention some of the modes of changing the phraseology of a sentence. What is said of sentences with reference to their grammatical properties? What may a proposition be? What is said of recasting sentences? What is said of direct discourse?--of indirect? What is said of variety of sketches? LESSON LIII. Sentences Criticised. Perhaps the ability to make promptly correct and elegant sentences is more than half the art of the good speaker or writer. Not even the greatest authors have reached perfection in syntax; and all find the making of sentences more or less of an irksome impediment. We have therefore said much about sentences; and we shall now add a series of criticisms on such of their faults and merits as are most intimately connected with style. 1. "But I began and read it all over again, and this time I remembered it was only a letter; and when I had done, I felt very happy, and thought what blessed things letters were, and I determined to write to you every week, and I hope you will do the same." Better thus: But I began to read it all over again, and thi...

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