The Elements of Eloquence

The Elements of Eloquence

By Mark Forsyth

  • Release Date : 2013-11-07
  • Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • FIle Size : 2.05 MB
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Description

The Elements of Eloquence 'An informative but highly entertaining journey through the figures of rhetoric ... Mark Forsyth wears his considerable knowledge lightly. He also writes beautifully.' David Marsh, Guardian

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.

‘Sparkling … the book offers many pleasures … I laughed out loud’ Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

Reviews

  • In love with this book

    5
    By re66
    I'm only 80 pages in and I'm already in love with this book. Mark Forsyth combines insight, research and wit. It is a delight to read for itself, but a great aid to those that write. If I wrote well I would apply some of the techniques he describes so beautifully in this review, but I don't, so I won't. Perhaps in another 300 pages I'll be a better little writer, and will write a little better.

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