Tagged: rhetoric

Arrangement: Canons of Rhetoric

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...

Invention: Canons of Rhetoric

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...

Canons of Rhetoric

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...

Cultivating a Pleasant Speaking Voice

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.

Text of Mark Antony’s Funeral Oration for Julius Caesar

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...