Durable Design: Classical Oration for Speeches and Essays
Many of us have ideas to share but struggle to do that effectively, particularly when supporting a thesis or in argumentation. This handy reference focuses on organizing ideas using classical oration style. The book's first portion defines the components of classical oration - the introduction (exordium, narration, partition), the body (confirmation, refutation), and the end (peroration). The second portion explains the sequence for building an effective essay or speech: choosing proofs and supporting them and refuting arguments while combining them into a coherent whole. This text would serve well as a supplement/guide for those using the classical educational approach. An appendix provides a sample essay and speech. 6x8", 71 pp, sc. ~ Ruth
This elegant guide to organization brings to life the time-honored art of arranging one's thoughts into a cohesive piece of thesis-driven communication, whether oral or written. The particular method of organization under discussion here is that of classical oration, a flexible and robust system for ordering the components of a speech or an essay so as to maximize the rhetorical impact on a given audience.
After a brief introduction, the book is arranged in two parts. The first part defines each of the six components of classical oration, and the second part delineates a suggested sequence for the actual building of a cohesive essay or speech. Included at the end is an appendix containing a sample essay and a sample speech to illustrate classical oration design features.
Lots of people have good ideas but find themselves at a loss when it comes to ordering those ideas in such a way that others can readily apprehend them. This book is for all those people: for speakers and writers-and ultimately for their audiences.