Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric

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Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric

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Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Publish Date: Oct 2011

ISBN-13: 9781455129454

ISBN-10: 1455129453

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Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publish Date: Oct 2011
ISBN-13: 9781455129454
ISBN-10: 1455129453
Format: Compact Disc
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Review by Library Journal (2011-01-07)

This book, despite its broad title, treats only one part of rhetoric: the word patterns that skilled speakers and writers use in order to heighten the impact of their messages. Farnsworth (law & as soc. dean for academic affairs, Boston Univ. Sch. of Law) defines and exemplifies 18 patterns, such as chiasmus (structural reversal, as in JFK's "Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country") and anaphora (initial repetition, as in Churchill's "we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight... in the air"). Farnsworth's guide is similar to Richard A. Lanham's A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms but covers fewer topics, in more depth and with more examples. The inclusion of the author's name in the title, as though the work has gained the status of a classic simply by being published, is part of a regrettable trend in language guidebooks.

Verdict: An engaging and accessible guide, valuable to all who wish to improve their rhetorical skills or better appreciate the abilities of others.

-Lisa Richmond, Wheaton Coll. Lib., IL

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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