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Ancient Style

September 22, 2011

I actually really liked this reading, though I thought it might end up a bit dry at first glance. I’ll admit, the further I got into it though, the more technical their explanations got,  and I got a bit confused. It did not, however, affect my comprehension too much. This is my first year as a literature student, but I had encountered the strange structures they talked about on page 240, “Figures that Interrupt Normal Word Order.” I encountered it in old poetry, and some of it in Paradise Lost, though that was written in prose. I did find the whole section with the Gettysburg Address on page 247 interesting. Parallelism is an idea I knew about, but I had no idea that was what it was called, or that it was a codified form of Style dating as far back as ancient Greece. I also liked the last section about various different Sententia, especially the Sententia that appeal to Emotion. I like that that are such neat and efficient ways to classify such things.

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