Monday, September 18, 2006

your rhetorical history lesson for today

Courtesy of Norton:
In Renaissance England, certain syntactic forms or patterns of words known as "figures" (also called "schemes") were shaped and repeated in order to confer beauty or heighten expressive power. Figures were usually known by their Greek and Latin names, though in an Elizabethan rhetorical manual, The Arte of English Poesie, George Puttenham made a valiant if short-lived attempt to give them English equivalents, such as "Hyperbole, or the Overreacher" and "Ironia, or the Dry Mock."
Please, folks! Call me "The Dry Mock" henceforth.

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2 Comments:

At 2:52 AM PDT, Blogger idler king said...

"Yeah, she's mocking you, but it's a dry mock."

You're racking up an impressive alias list, Babykiller.

 
At 12:23 PM PDT, Blogger Randall James said...

Why do the English names get the article? Is it charming old-timey-ness?

-Do you have the email?
-I have the gout.
-You employ the dry mock.

 

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