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examples, illustrations, and exercises, of sufficient length and number, to insure, if possible, a clear comprehension of all the parts as a whole, as well as the several parts in detail; and, at the same time, so to familiarize the application, as to give the entire subject a permanent lodgment in the memory of the student. How far the author has succeeded in providing facilities for such a result, experiment alone must decide.
Another, though a subordinate object, was to treat of poetry more fully than elocutionists have generally done, by giving the principles of its construction, the number of syllables constituting the different kinds of poetic feet, its various measures and forms, together with rules, and numerous examples and exercises for reading and scanning.
And, as the use of figurative language is almost as common as household words among all classes of people, the author has thought it advisable also to give a brief explanation of the change in the use of words, from a literal to a figurative sense, illustrating the same by a few examples, and thus showing how much our language abounds in a figurative mode of expressing ideas.
Most of the exercises under the elocutionary rules, are designed as regular reading lessons, as well as exemplifications of the rules; and, for convenience, they are referred to in a separate table of contents.
Part Second consists of select pieces for reading and declamation, with explanatory notes. It embraces the various styles of the most approved authors, both in this country and Europe. To enable the student to determine the character of the language, the style, the appropriate manner of reading the selections, and to secure a constant observance and application of the principles illustrated in Part First, a reference is occasionally made, at the head of the lessons, to some one or more of the rules; and it is hoped that teachers will faithfully carry out this suggestion of the author, in their daily use of the book.
In preparing this work, the author acknowledges the valuable assistance of his nephew, NELSON M. HOLBROOK, assistant compiler of "The Grammar School Reader," and author of " The Child's First Book in Arithmetic." S. TOWN.
AURORA, N. Y., November 10, 1854
Reading Poetry, and Rules,
1. ARTICULATION, or Elementary Sounds. The Pleasures of Learning,
2. ACCENT. Disrespect to Parents in no Case Allowable,
5. EMPHASIS Absolute. Beauty and Sublimity of Scottish Scenery,
Succession of Words or Particulars. Miscellany,
EXERCISES ILLUSTRATING THE RULES.
Panegyric on Sheridan's Eloquence, E. Burke. 58
Repetition of Important Words. Intemperance,
Antithetic Emphasis. Miscellany,
Absolute Emphatic Clause. Miscellany,
Negation Opposed to Affirmation. Miscellany,
Words or Clauses Contrasted. Bible and Miscellany,
Pause of Suspension. Miscellany,
Direct Questions without their Answers. Mis
Direct Questions with their Answers. Law of Progress, M. Hopkins. 83
Or, used Disjunctively. Miscellany,
Advantages of a Well-Cultivated Mind, J. Bigland. 98
Indirect Questions without their Answers. Miscellany,
Indirect Questions with Answers. Northern Laborers, C. C. Naylor. 113
Language of Authority. Miscellany,
Denunciation and Reprehension. Miscellany,
Exclamatory Questions and Tender Emotion. Miscellany,
H Blair. 66
Commencing and Concluding Series. Miscellany,
Emphatic Succession of Particulars. Miscellany,
Increasing Intensity of Inflection, Emphatic Repetition. Miscellany,
39. MODULATION, and Characters of Style. Narrative. A Narrow Escape,
J. J. Audubon.
Historical Narration. An Attempt to take Washington,
EMOTIONS AND PASSIONS. Tender Emotion, &c. Miscellany,
Language of Earnest Entreaty, Lamentation, &c. Miscellany,
Complaint, &c. Las Casas to Pizarro,
Grandeur and Sublimity. The Fixed Stars,
Language that is Solemn and Dignified, &c. Miscellany,
Language of Joy, Gayety, &c. Miscellany,
Language of Excessive Joy. Miscellany,
Language of Impatience, &c. Brutus and Cassius, Shakspeare. 190-193
Language of Authority. Miscellany,
Language of Reproof, &c. Cæsar Passing the Rubicon, J. S. Knowles. 194
Language of Affirmation, &c. Reply to Cory,
TRANSITION. Alexander's Feast,
62. POETRY, RHYME. Iambic Measure. The Wood-Rose and Laurel, Anon. 228
Trochaic Measure. Aspirations of Youth,
Anapestic and Iambic Measures. The Hermit,
Anapestic and Iambic Measures. The Fox and Crow,
Dactylic Measure. Star of the East,
BLANK-VERSE. Iambic. Summer-Even'g Meditation, Mrs. Barbauld. 236
PERSONATION. Scene from Virginius,
Rhetorical Dialogue. Helps to Read,