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The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase - Mark Forsyth
The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
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In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the bestselling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make... show more
In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the bestselling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon.

From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable.

In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Whether you're aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything to say - you simply need to say it well.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781848317338 (1848317336)
Publisher: Icon Books LTD
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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Olga Godim
Olga Godim rated it
5.0 Loving rhetoric
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...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
5.0 The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
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...
Peregrinations
Peregrinations rated it
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...
msdandimite
msdandimite rated it
5.0 The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
Witty, wonderful and well worth a read.
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