The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase (Hardback)
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The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase (Hardback)

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'An informative but highly entertaining journey through the figures of rhetoric ... Mark Forsyth wears his considerable knowledge lightly. He also writes beautifully.' David Marsh, Guardian

In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the bestselling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon.

From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as `Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or `To be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde.

Whether you're aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything to say - you simply need to say it well.

`Sparkling ... the book offers many pleasures ... I laughed out loud' Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781848316218
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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'Sparkling ... the book offers many pleasures ... I laughed out loud at the examples chosen' -- Charles Moore Daily Telegraph 'An informative but highly entertaining journey through the figures of rhetoric ... Mark Forsyth wears his considerable knowledge lightly. He also writes beautifully.' -- David Marsh Guardian 'It is good news that the popular author of The Etymologicon should now potter round the rhetorical warehouse at our elbow, commenting on the choicer goods on view, for he is well-informed and amusing.' -- Christopher Howse The Spectator 'The Elements of Eloquence makes a daunting, potentially boring subject exciting ... Forsyth's wickedly clever, irreverent take on rhetoric should cement his reputation as a virtuoso: it is hard to think of any other book that tackles the topic with such style.' -- South China Morning Post 'Highly entertaining, short, sharp and to the point ... all life and language is here!' Good Book Guide

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“The Elements of Eloquence”

I love this book!
While not denying the genuine talents of writers such as Shakespeare, this clever and humorous writing guide does make you realise that he and his ilk also had quite a lot of sneaky little linguistic... More

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“Utterly charming and very funny”

Rhetoric is a much maligned subject, often considered to be dull, sometimes even said to be dangerous, it’s high time someone set the record straight.

What makes a memorable turn of phrase?
Why are a lot of important... More

Hardback edition
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“The Elements of Eloquence”

The Elements of Eloquence is Mark Forsyth’s delightful ode to linguistic style over substance. Using classic works (such as Blake’s Tiger, Tiger) and the techniques of literary heavyweights (such as Shakespeare and... More

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