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The Man with the Muck Rake

“The Man with the Muck Rake” is a memorable speech given by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. In it, he encourages journalists to pursue honest reporting and avoid sensationalism. Subheads have been added for easier scanning, and there is a … Continue reading

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Figures of Speech: Schemes and Tropes

Schemes and Tropes Schemes and tropes are figures of speech, having to do with using language in an unusual or “figured” way: Trope: An artful deviation from the ordinary or principal signification of a word. A trope uses a word in … Continue reading

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Arrangement: Canons of Rhetoric

Arrangement Arrangement (dispositio or taxis) concerns how one orders speech or writing. In ancient rhetorics, arrangement referred solely to the order to be observed in an oration, but the term has broadened to include all considerations of the ordering of … Continue reading

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Invention: Canons of Rhetoric

Invention Invention concerns finding something to say (its name derives from the Latin invenire, “to find”). Certain common categories of thought became conventional to use in order to brainstorm for material. These common places (places = topoi in Greek) are … Continue reading

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Canons of Rhetoric

The Canons of Rhetoric invention  | arrangement  | style  | memory  | delivery Rhetoric, as an art, has long been divided into five major categories or “canons”: Invention Arrangement Style Memory Delivery These categories have served both analytical and generative … Continue reading

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Cultivating a Pleasant Speaking Voice

When teaching the art of recitation or rhetoric, we sometimes forget to teach one element essential for confident presentation: a pleasant, well-modulated speaking voice. A timid, squeaky, mumbling, or breathy voice is not only be tiring to use, but can be a social and business liability. Here are a few ideas for cultivating a pleasant, well-modulated speaking voice. Continue reading

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Text of Mark Antony’s Funeral Oration for Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene II by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) ANTONY Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred … Continue reading

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