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Composition And Rhetoric


Composition And Rhetoric

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    Henry Wyman Holmes
PREFACE English Composition in high schools ought not to be taught as if all boys and girls hoped to be authors. Whatever power to write or speak it may develop will be applied by most pupils in the course of a common days work and in very ordinary ways. They will use it, for example, in writing letters, reports, or notices, and hi preparing short speeches, announcements, or accounts of events. In large part, therefore, high school composition should deal with the fundamental factors of effective expression, with sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing, and the organization of the whole composition. With refinements of literary skill it should deal little, if at all. The necessary exposition of principles and the still more necessary practice in applying them should be made significant by connecting the whole process, not primarily with literature and the lure of an artistic career, but with the actual demands of life at school and the opportunities of the commoner occupations in the world without. Not that literary values, literary models, or interest hi the purely literary problems of composition need be ignored. Some boys and girls do hope to be authors. Many boys and girls enjoy trying to write stories, descriptions, and expositions without more immediate aim than to interest or inform the reader. There is, besides, an adolescent desire for expression that often finds its first outlet in the high-school class in composition. More important still, literature contains the most striking exemplifications of the very principles which must be applied in effective compositions of the practical sort. Artistic forms of composition cannot be neglected but they should not receive either exclusive or primary attention. This book embodies these principles in a text for first and second year high-school classes. No doubt it is not the only book written in the light of these views but the authors believe that it offers one or two new ways of exemplifying them. In the chapters on Uses of Composition, The Study of Composition, Outline Drill, How to Recite, The Account of Events, and Delineation we have tried to give new meaning and new scope to the endeavors of the high-school student of this subject. The section on The Elements of Composition deals with the most common pitfalls in sentence structure, and the Appendix outlines the subject of grammar as a whole. The examples, with but few exceptions, are taken from the writings of to-day newspapers, magazines, reviews, biographies, short stories, and novels in the hope that appreciation of the practical and literary achievements of the present may lead to wider reading. The authors gratefully acknowledge their indebtedness to many individual authors as well as publishers for their courtesy in per- mitting the use of selections from their works. Among the magazines that have thus co-operated are Baseball, Colliers, Good House- keeping, Harpers Magazine, Outing, The Atlantic Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor, The Public, The Outlook, Saturday Evening Post, Scribners Magazine, The Survey, Technical World, World Peace Foundation, The Youths Companion, The Boston Transcript, The Century Magazine. To the following publishers for permission to use selections as specified cordial acknowledgment is made The Century Company, Letters of Lewis Carroll, Roosevelts Heroes Who Fight Fire and The Roll of Honor of the New York Police, Hills Fighting a Fire, Moffetts Careers of Danger and Daring, Bachers Stories of Whistler Charles Scribners Sons, J. B. Con- nollys Out of Gloucester, John Foxs Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, Thomas N...  
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