Composition in the Classical Tradition

Reihe
Longman
Autor
Frank J. D'Angelo  
Verlag
Pearson
Einband
Softcover
Auflage
1
Sprache
Englisch
Seiten
266
Erschienen
September 1999
ISBN13
9780023271410
ISBN
0023271418
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Description

Composition in the Classical Tradition borrows from late antiquity a series of composition exercises called the progymnasmata to teach contemporary students the art of persuasion. The exercises enable students to apply an understanding of the invention and composition of arguments from ancient rhetoric to their own forms of persuasive communication.

This brief text is structured to provide an effectively graded sequence of exercises, manageable at each step, from the simple to the more difficult and from the concrete to the abstract, within an explicit rhetorical framework. Students learn how to compose an essay or a speech by first becoming proficient in its parts. Composition in the Classical Tradition features a variety of ancient forms - myths, historical episodes, descriptions, fables, proverbs, anecdotes, speeches - for students to enjoy while learning how to write and speak persuasively.

Features

  • Provides an effectively graded sequence of exercises enabling students to learn persuasion by mastering the parts of the whole.
  • Features a variety of ancient and contemporary models and examples of differing lengths, difficulty, and genres to stimulate writing and discussion.
  • Suggests writing assignments and topics for discussion in each chapter.
  • Takes a humanistic perspective by showing how rhetoric is connected to literature, philosophy, and history.

Table of Contents

Each chapter begins with “Introduction.”

Preface.


Introduction.


1.The Narrative.

Retelling Narratives.

Attributes of the Narrative.

Modes of the Narrative.



2.Description.

Methods of Describing.

Ordering the Details.

Attributes of Description.



3.The Fable.

Retelling Fables.

Adapting Fables to Given Contexts.



4.The Proverb.

Amplifying Proverbs.

Relating Parts to Wholes.



5.The Anecdote.

Amplifying Anecdotes.

Relating Parts to Whole.



6.Refutation/Confirmation.

Inventing Arguments: Questions of Fact.

Arranging the Parts.



7.The Commonplace.

Inventing Arguments.

Arranging the Parts.



8.Praising and Blaming.

Inventing Arguments.

Arranging the Parts.

Forms of Praising and Blaming.



9.The Comparison.

Inventing Arguments.

Arranging the Parts.



10.The Speech-in-Character.

Inventing Imaginary Speeches.

Arranging the Parts.



11.The Thesis.

Inventing Arguments.

Arranging the Parts.



12.For and Against Laws.

Inventing Arguments.

Arranging the Parts.