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Figures of Speech: 60 Ways To Turn A Phrase

Figures of Speech Ways To Turn A Phrase Writing is not like chemical engineering The figures of speech should not be learned the same way as the periodic table of elements This is because figures of speech are not about hypothetical structu

  • Title: Figures of Speech: 60 Ways To Turn A Phrase
  • Author: Arthur Quinn Barney R. Quinn
  • ISBN: 9781880393024
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Paperback
  • Writing is not like chemical engineering The figures of speech should not be learned the same way as the periodic table of elements This is because figures of speech are not about hypothetical structures in things, but about real potentialities within language and within ourselves The figurings of speech reveal the apparently limitless plasticity of language itself WWriting is not like chemical engineering The figures of speech should not be learned the same way as the periodic table of elements This is because figures of speech are not about hypothetical structures in things, but about real potentialities within language and within ourselves The figurings of speech reveal the apparently limitless plasticity of language itself We are inescapably confronted with the intoxicating possibility that we can make language do for us almost anything we want Or at least a Shakespeare can The figures of speech help to see how he does it, and how we might Therefore, in the chapters presented in this volume, the quotations from Shakespeare, the Bible, and other sources are not presented to exemplify the definitions Rather, the definitions are presented to lead to the quotations And the quotations are there to show us how to do with language what we have not done before They are there for imitation.

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    1. I can't believe I never added this before. I've always loved this book. It seems funny that the best terms/concepts in which to speak about language are mostly ancient. There's logic and then there's rhetoric. This book is all about rhetoric, in the classic and modern sense. Surprise: the classic and modern sense are actually one. Technology might have changed over the past few millennia drastically, but rhetoric really hasn't changed all that much. We'll probably need to reinvent language for t [...]

    2. A clever little book, a bit old-fashioned, but witty and full of character. The humour has weathered the times well, as has the content with its examples from classical literature. If you're looking for short introduction to the figures of speech—one which isn't over-the-top hilarious like Forsyth's "The Elements of Eloquence"—this may be the book you want. It is replete with examples that are listed in blocks, one under the other, preceded and followed by explanations but without any attemp [...]

    3. "Fair is foul and foul is fair.""Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances.""Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you."By now, you may have noticed the similarity among these three phrases: an inverse repetition of words. But you may not know this style has its own technical term (epanados). Figures of Speech: 60 Ways to Turn a Phrase, a tiny tome, lists and explains the technical terms of 60 such style devices.Rooted in Latin, these terms are not important in that each and every [...]

    4. I’ve read this little book no less than 10 times. It never ceases to entertain me. It’s not the author’s ingratiating, stiff humor that is appealing, but the figures themselves – the excerpts that he uses as examples. It’s a pleasure to read them out loud. Sometimes they are like puzzles because you have to figure out what the authors intended and how they turned the phrase.Some may think the book lacks rigor or depth. But to my mind, figurative language isn’t meant to be pored over [...]

    5. If you want a short introduction to rhetoric that reads like a witty conversation rather than a pedantic lecture, this book is for you. Quinn is just as interested in making you smile as he is in educating you. He presents “figures of speech:”“The simplest definition of a figure of speech is ‘an intended deviation from ordinary usage.’ (An intended deviation from ordinary grammatical usage is the specific figure of speech, enallage.) Here it will be the philosopher, not the romantic, w [...]

    6. Essential reading for anyone interested in taking their writing beyond high school level writing classes. Arthur Quinn takes examples from the English Language's most influential pieces of literature (The works by Shakespeare and The Bible mostly) to illustrate the effectiveness of different turns of phrase.The writing here is engaging. While the examples bog down the pacing, they are essential stops in his otherwise entertaining lectures. Quinn writes with an almost sanguine charisma, speaking [...]

    7. I believe this utterly useless and fascinating book is an indispensable addition to any writer or editor's utility shelf. It has inspired my current hyperminimal neoplasty. The one thing I have to say about this book is that its examples of the figures used are a bit one-note: I would guess at least 75% are from the Bible or Shakespeare. I'd like to see an updated or revised edition with a more varied body of examples.

    8. This book is an excellent summary of the major figures of speech, providing for each figure multiple examples from a wide range of the best literature, especially the Bible and Shakespeare. Superb reference work or one simply to browse for the pure enjoyment of wallowing in that other dimension that is figurative language. "The business of America is business." There's a specific name for this figure. Check out this book and discover what it is.

    9. The over all idea, and principles used in this book to demonstrated how to structure sentences in "just the right way" is interesting. I enjoyed some of the examples, But the book is very dated, plus it uses a lot of examples for Shakespearian English, or the King James Bible. Unless you are writing historical fiction set during that time period, those examples are not very useful.

    10. Many reviewers have mentioned that the book seems far from comprehensive, and I agree. Though the author approaches the subject in a novel way, it didn't cover enough about the subject as an introduction. He makes his case for doing what he did in the book, but in the end, if you want to read this book, it's because you want more than the cursory discussion he provides.

    11. Quinn's book is good for what it is: a litany of figures of speech, some more familiar than others, laden with examples.Despite his occasional comments about the difficulty of dividing figural from non-figural language, however, and the clever meta-figuration present in his own prose, the book doesn't go too far beyond cataloging.

    12. Quinn's explanations and examples are helpful and succinct. There were a small handful of examples that I did not understand and wished he would have explained, but overall this is an excellent reference book and very readable.

    13. For people interested in writing or perhaps in literary analysis. This is a small volume but it's very dense. I can see myself reading this book many more times in my life.

    14. The most useful book of its kind. This should be required reading for all English majors and language enthusiasts.

    15. Drowning is a real danger but it's worth it for the total immersion in the beauty of language. Prepare to be swept off your feet.

    16. Oh boy do I love this book. Just an absolute joy to read, and it's definitely made me a richer, better writer. The most enjoyable guide to rhetorical figures I've ever encountered.

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