Elements of Rhetoric


唯有做下d又悶但yet productive嘅事,催眠下自己(但暫時未成功)。

話說之前係edX register咗 “Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking“,當然click咗就冇再follow up(因為入面嘅examples都係全部american politics有關的,例如I have a Dream and other Presidential Rhetorics 但想睇闊d)。睇返chapter one,其實好多都係以前Form 1-3 Eng Lit又讀過嘅嘢。introduction嘅重點:


  • Aristotle named three types of appeals (methods to persuade others) – Logos (by logic), Ethos (by expertise), Pathos (by emotions)  
  • Common Arrangement of a Rhetoric – (1) exordium, the introduction; (2) narratio, the statement of the context or situation; (3) confirmatio, the presentation of arguments and facts; (4) refutatio, the presentation and refuting of counterarguments; (e.g. some may say) and (5) peroratio, the conclusion.
  • Style can be controlled by diction (choice of words – too technical/flowery?), syntax/pattern of sounds (word orders – alliteration, assonance, sibilance), schemes (parallelism/repetition/omission), and tropes (Twist of meanings such as metaphors, allusion [reference to other works] or puns).

Oratory 演講

  • When you are writing a speech, you should bear in mind that your audience will only have one chance to understand any one thing you say. They can’t stop and replay what you just said. As a result, you will have to work to make sure that you bring them along with you. It is critical for your speech to have a clearly articulated argument that you refer back to often to keep it fresh in your hearers’ minds. Your speech should also have a clear structure, with “signal phrases” that let your audience know when you are moving from one idea to the next.
  • Division –  e.g. “”I want to talk to you today about three places where we begin to build the Great Society:..the second place..the third place…”
  • Style – repetition, parellellism, anaphora
  • The Sound Byte  – short, punchy sentences that sum up your points.

Public Speaking Tips 

  • 1) Find out more about your venue – big? small? who? mics? how to turn them on and off?
  • 2) Presence – stand tall and breath low. warm-up by favorite song.
  • Eye Contact – look at several people, don’t forget people at the back.
  • Practice – practice the several important words first in the sentence, underline them in the text  – emphasize on the words!
  • Shift your standing position when there is a change of subject
  • Beware of pace, tend to speed up. take small pauses between sentences. take a breath / sip of water.
  • Articulate, be clear of each word.
  • Any sentence that is difficult to say, re-write it.

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