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Mary Barront

OF

RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION:

A TEXT-BOOK FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES.

BY

DAVID J. HILL, A. M.,

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I'ROFESSOR IN THE UNIVERSITY AT LEWISBURG, AND AUTHOR OF

SCIENCE OF RHETORIC.”

NEW YORK :

SHELDON & COMPANY,

8 MURRAY STREET.

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THE ELEMENTS OF RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION.

BY PROF. D. J. HILL.

II.

THE SCIENCE OF RHETORIC.

BY PROF. D. J. HILL.

CorYRIGHT

DI SIELDOY & COMPANY.

1878

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This book is designed as a practical introduction to English composition. In “The Science of Rhetoric,”—the advanced work of the series,—the aim is to present the laws of discourse as a scientific system. In this book, the aim is to furnish a compendium of rules for guidance in the art of writing.

It is taken for granted that those who will use this book can both read and write simple English sentences. For such students, the mere making of sentences is an unprofitable exercise. When they especially need is direction how to concentrate the mind upon the work of composing. The only way to acquire skill in writing is by actual practice in the various processes of the art. Accordingly, learners should first be assisted in finding a subject of thought, and then be shown how to accumulate, arrange, and express the ideas connected with the theme. This view has given shape to the treatment of composition in this book. The learner is conducted, step by step, through the entire work of writing a composition, including the selection of a subject, the accumulation of materials, the arrangement of the materials, the choice of words, the con

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