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The Garden of Eloquence: A Rhetorical Bestiary [Hardcover]

Willard R. Espy

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; First Edition First Printing edition (Sep 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061812560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061812569
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly the other reviewer was having a bad day. 28 Nov 2013
By Corbin H. Solo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Clearly the other reviewer was having a bad day.

This book is your go-to when you can't quite remember that elusive piece of linguistic or rhetorical terminology you need for...well, whatever you need it for.

Periphrasis, Persiflage, Anastrophe, Commmoratio, Epexegesis, Litotes, Tmesis; all these and upwards of a couple-hundred more are there.

Each term is illustrated—artistically, poetically, and/or metaphorically—for your browsing pleasure.

"Give me another fifty years," says Willard Espy (now seventy-plus), "and I may begin to catch a glimmering of what language is all about."
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Labored log-cabin humor of the sort supposed to raise a 'chuckle'. Bleh, gimme the funny papers 15 Dec 2012
By Simon Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
It is hard to conceive of a sillier book. For Americans who are nuts about grammar. The rhymes are execrable.
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