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Re: Challenges to Masters of Rhetoric and Speechifyin'
Subject:Re: Challenges to Masters of Rhetoric and Speechifyin' From:Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 6 Mar 2002 14:15:49 -0800 (PST)
--- Melody Akins <melodyakins -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
> 1) I'll be reading along with an open mind, and BOOM! I'll hit a piece of
> rhetoric or an inflammatory phrase. To me, rhetoric is
> sound-and-fury-signifying-nothing, and appeals only to the emotions (whether
> base or noble), so I quit 'paying attention.' Mind is shut. Right there.
Melody, I agree with the content of your post and you suggestion that we focus
more on content than on 'sound and fury' of questionable significance. But I do
want to pick a nit.
I was taught that grammar is the art of sentence construction, and rhetoric was
the art of paragraph and larger construction. With that in mind, I would
suggest that you are actually referring to the polemic content, which has to do
with disputatious or controversial content. That's where the sound and fury
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