Figures of Speech
60 Ways to Turn a Phrase
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Figures of Speech by Arthur Quinn
Book DescriptionWriting is not like chemical engineering. The figures of speech should not be learned the same way as the periodic table of elements. This is because figures of speech are not about hypothetical structures in things, but about real potentialities within language and within ourselves. The "figurings" of speech reveal the apparently limitless plasticity of language itself. We are inescapably confronted with the intoxicating possibility that we can make language do for us almost anything we want. Or at least a Shakespeare can. The figures of speech help to see how he does it, and how we might. Therefore, in the chapters presented in this volume, the quotations from Shakespeare, the Bible, and other sources are not presented to exemplify the definitions. Rather, the definitions are presented to lead to the quotations. And the quotations are there to show us how to do with language what we have not done before. They are there for imitation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781880393024
(216mm x 138mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 13-Dec-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Arthur Quinn
Rivals, Paperback (June 1997)
William McKendree Gwin, an aristocratic Southerner, and David Broderick, a veteran of the bare-knuckle politics of New York, struggled for control of California's Democratic Party during the 1850s. Their feud, personal as well as political, ended in violent death for one and disgrace for the other. This book is the story of these two men.
Audiences and Intentions, Paperback (January 1997)
Including narrative as well as expository works, this collection represents many different periods, cultures and genres, from Greek drama to American political speeches. The readings maintain a balance between classic and contemporary selections, and each chapter introduces a concept to consider.
Poet's Work, Paperback (November 1991)» View all books by Arthur Quinn
The authors chart the development of Milosz's art, relating his life and his works to the unfolding of his thought. This book is not only an introduction to Milosz; it is also a record of the poet's own interpretations of his work.
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