The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
Whether you want to achieve literary immortality or just persuade people of the genius of your thoughts, you don’t need to have anything to say you simply need to say it well. And for that you need to know the simple tricks of the trade that have been in use from classic poetry to pop... show more
Whether you want to achieve literary immortality or just persuade people of the genius of your thoughts, you don’t need to have anything to say you simply need to say it well. And for that you need to know the simple tricks of the trade that have been in use from classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans. Inimitably entertaining, Mark Forsyth explains why you remember lines like Tiger, tiger, burning bright’ and To be or not to be’, and shows how you too can become a master of antithesis like Oscar Wilde. In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style.
Publish date: November 7th 2013
Publisher: Icon Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
Marvelous! For a writer like me, without a formal writing education and largely self-taught, this book is a must. It talks about the rules of rhetoric – the rules for creating a memorable phrase. A writer must follow those rules, those rigid formulas, if she wants her writing to sound good, to invok...
Did you know that adjectives in the English language have to be listed in a certain order to be correct? Specifically, they need to be ordered opinion-size-age-shape-color-origin-material-purpose. So you can have a beautiful small vintage round cream Italian marble sewing table, but try to rearran...
Attention all you literary scholars and writers. This book is for you. Who ever knew that there is a rhetorical term for Yoda-speak!? I am loving every minute of this book. In fact, I'm about to order a hard copy. Forsyth goes through and term by term explains and illustrates the rhetorical tech...
Witty, wonderful and well worth a read.