Book Blurbs (Eloquence by Mark Forsyth)
The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase, as disclaimed by Forsyth, “is not a dictionary of rhetoric, nor was it meant to be” (234). Instead it aims to explain and clarify a number of rhetorical figures at work in the English language, “a clarity and knowledge that has been abandoned for a couple of centuries now” (231).
The book is made of a preface; 39 chapters that discuss different rhetorical figures; a peroration; and an epilogue concerning terminology. It reminds readers that eloquence is a quiet undercurrent of language, and that these patterns of use are only part of writing well.
As Forsyth writes, “For though we have nothing to say, we can at least say it well” (232).
Forsyth, Mark. The Elements of Eloquence. Berkley Publishing Group: New York. 2013