Shame on us for not being rhetorical!

I nearly wept today, reading Brunetière’s essay, An Apology for Rhetoric for the first time ever. 

What richness of inner life have we lost through the way our thinking and educational system have progressed since he wrote? Shame on us. Shame. Shame. Shame! 

Two lines was all it took: 

…why may I not go to the length of saying that prosopopeia is to be answered only by hypotyposis and metonymy only by synechdoche? 

Not much to look at, I’ll grant you. Something to gloss over as being ‘too difficult’ nowadays, I’ll bet. Let me tell you why they had such an effect on me… 

Read more ...

Add to: Digg | Technorati | | Stumbleupon | reddit | Furl