Saturday, April 2, 2011

Quote of the day

Aristotle:
Style to be good must be clear, as is proved by the fact that speech which fails to convey a plain meaning will fail to do just what speech has to do. It must also be appropriate, avoiding both meanness and undue elevation; poetical language is certainly free from meanness, but it is not appropriate to prose. Clearness is secured by using the words (nouns and verbs alike) that are current and ordinary.

FLG would like to reiterate his strongly held belief that students are far too seldom introduced to Aristotle's On Rhetoric.

1 comment:

profmondo said...

Yep. I actually start my freshman comp classes with a discussion of Aristotle. It doesn't always help, but it's a way of getting the kids to realize both that writers make choices and that rhet is serious business.

 
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