Building Great Sentences

Author: Brooks Landon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101614020
Release Date: 2013-06-25
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Based on the bestselling series from The Great Courses, Building Great Sentences celebrates the sheer joy of language—and will forever change the way you read and write. Great writing begins with the sentence. Whether it’s two words (“Jesus wept.”) or William Faulkner’s 1,287-word sentence in Absalom! Absalom!, sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Yet, the sentence-oriented approach to writing is too often overlooked in favor of bland economy. Building Great Sentences teaches you to write better sentences by luxuriating in the pleasures of language. Award-winning Professor Brooks Landon draws on examples from masters of long, elegant sentences—including Don DeLillo, Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, and Samuel Johnson—to reveal the mechanics of how language works on thoughts and emotions, providing the tools to write powerful, more effective sentences.

Rhetorical Style

Author: Jeanne Fahnestock
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 9780199764129
Release Date: 2011-10-12
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A comprehensive guide to the language of argument, Rhetorical Style offers a renewed appreciation of the persuasive power of the English language. Drawing on key texts from the rhetorical tradition, as well as on newer approaches from linguistics and literary stylistics, Fahnestock demonstrates how word choice, sentence form, and passage construction can combine to create effective spoken and written arguments. With examples from political speeches, non-fiction works, and newspaper reports, Rhetorical Style surveys the arguer's options at the word, sentence, interactive, and passage levels, and illustrates the enduring usefulness of rhetorical stylistics in analyzing and constructing arguments.

Style

Author: Frank Laurence Lucas
Publisher: Harriman House Limited
ISBN: 9780857191885
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

"Style" is considered one of the greatest guides to writing well. Legendary among writers and critics, but lost for almost 40 years, "Style" is now back in a beautiful new edition, and remains as entertaining and informative as ever.

Style and Statement

Author: Edward P. J. Corbett
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195115430
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Developed from the very popular fourth chapter of the authors' Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, 4th ed., Style and Statement is a concise introduction to the components of effective style as they were first defined by classical rhetoricians and as they apply to writing today. An essential reference for students and all writers, it incorporates numerous lively exercises that emphasize the contemporary applications of classic styles. The book opens with an extended discussion of diction and continues with an analysis of sentence composition and Professor Corbett's famous numerical style studies, which unite the principles of diction and sentence organization. Its catalogue of figures of speech is exceptionally comprehensive and includes definitions of the classic tropes. A practical application of imitation as a means of developing style introduces the final section of the text, which consists of the analysis of selected short readings ranging from an eighteenth-century work by Hugh Blair to John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.

How to Write a Sentence

Author: Stanley Fish
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062006851
Release Date: 2011-01-25
Genre: Literary Criticism

“Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.” —Roy Blount Jr. “Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.” —Booklist Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration of the written word. Drawing on a wide range of great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen and beyond, Fish’s How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual—it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.

A Matter of Style

Author: Matthew Clark
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195417623
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Good prose - fiction and non-fiction alike - is part mystery and part technique. Mystery cannot be taught, but technique can, and if it is well taught it can open a window onto the mystery. In andIA Matter of Style Matthew Clark draws on examples from real writers, past and present, to examine the stylistic techniques that lift written language from bare communication to art. Clark assumes that his readers know the basics of grammar and style. But everyone, even the best writers, canmake mistakes. Therefore he begins with a brief look at the problems such as ambiguous pronouns, dangling modifiers, and confusing word order before moving on to the fundamental subject of rhythm. Drawing on his training as a musician, he demonstrates how important it is to write for the ear as well as the eye. Many style books advocate a clear and simple style, but simplicity is not the only virtue. To show how effective - and varied - ornate style can be, Clark points to examples rangingfrom Dickens to Beckett. In the process he reveals how adeptly even an "anti-rhetorical" writer like Hemingway can use the techniques of classical rhetoric. He then examines in detail a number of the most useful figures in that tradition. In the following chapters Clark's perspective widens steadily as he moves from the basic principle of parallelism ( and antithesis ) to the complexity of the periodic sentence and on to the level of the paragraph and, finally, the conventions of plot structure in novels. Throughout, the approach is descriptive rather than prescriptive, and every point is generously illustrated with examples, good and bad, from writers that Clark respects and even loves. An invaluable resource for writers and editors at every level, from the novice to the professional, A Matter of Style will delight readers who want to know more about how the writers they love achieve their effects.

Notes Toward a New Rhetoric

Author: Francis Christensen
Publisher: Booklocker.Com Incorporated
ISBN: 1601453817
Release Date: 2007-11-01
Genre: Education

Francis Christensen revolutionized the teaching of writing. These essays document his research, explain his unique numbering system for sentences and paragraphs, and offer immediately usable classroom strategies. Every writing teacher must know the Christensen Method.

Microstyle The Art of Writing Little

Author: Christopher Johnson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393082334
Release Date: 2011-07-25
Genre: Reference

“A work of pop linguistics . . . [that] synthesizes . . . grammar, branding, cognitive science and Web theory . . . with intelligence and friendly wit.”—New York Times Welcome to the age of the incredible shrinking message. Your guide to this new landscape, Christopher Johnson reveals the once-secret knowledge of poets, copywriters, brand namers, political speechwriters, and other professional verbal miniaturists. Each chapter discusses one tool that helps short messages grab attention, communicate instantly, stick in the mind, and roll off the tongue. Piled high with examples from corporate slogans to movie titles to product names, Microstyle shows readers how to say the most with the least, while offering a lively romp through the historic transformation of mass media into the media of the personal.

The Art of Styling Sentences

Author: Ann Longknife
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
ISBN: 0764192361
Release Date: 2002-08-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Shows how to make use of twenty basic sentence patterns, provides advice on varying rhythm to provide interest, and offers updated sample sentences from well-known writers.

Nets of Awareness

Author: Frances W Pritchett
Publisher: Katha
ISBN: 8187649658
Release Date: 2004-01-01
Genre: Ghazals, Urdu

Frances W pritchett recalls her first experience of the ghazal as love at first sight, contrary to the disdainful approch of the morden urdu critics. He joins literary criticism and history to explain hoe the ghazal, for centuries the pride and joy of indo-muslim culture , was abrubtly dethorend within its own milieu and by his own theoriests.

Spellbinding Sentences

Author: Barbara Baig
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599639208
Release Date: 2015-07-10
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Elevate Your Writing From So-So To Spectacular! Great writing requires more than an original idea, compelling characters, or a scintillating plot. An author needs all of these to be successful, but writing--and writing well--also demands an entirely different skill set. Spellbinding Sentences arms you with the tools you need to master the power of the English language. In this book, you'll learn the different qualities of words and the many ways those words can be combined to create sentences that hook readers. You'll emulate sentences from your favorite writers, practice proven techniques, and develop your skills one step at a time. The result? Your ability to craft excellent sentences will become second nature--and those sentences will hold your readers spellbound, page after page. "Barbara Baig's Spellbinding Sentences is a tribute to the pleasure and vitality of the English language. Never prescriptive and always clear, this enlightening book is sure to help all those wishing to add grace and strength to their writing." --Jane Brox, award-winning author of Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, one of TIME magazine's top ten nonfiction books of 2010 "Spellbinding Sentences is sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time. Barbara Baig has distilled decades of experience into this wise book." --Edward Dolnick, New York Times best-selling author of The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece

Sin and Syntax

Author: Constance Hale
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780767908924
Release Date: 2001-12-04
Genre: Reference

Today’s writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Copy veteran Constance Hale is on a mission to make creative communication, both the lyrical and the unlawful, an option for everyone. With its crisp, witty tone, Sin and Syntax covers grammar’s ground rules while revealing countless unconventional syntax secrets (such as how to use—Gasp!—interjections or when to pepper your prose with slang) that make for sinfully good writing. Discover how to: *Distinguish between words that are “pearls” and words that are “potatoes” * Avoid “couch potato thinking” and “commitment phobia” when choosing verbs * Use literary devices such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, and metaphor (and understand what you're doing) Everyone needs to know how to write stylish prose—students, professionals, and seasoned writers alike. Whether you’re writing to sell, shock, or just sing, Sin and Syntax is the guide you need to improve your command of the English language.