Friday, November 4, 2011

Rhetoric in Writing: A Definition

For those of you who have been with me for a while, you know that I started out on Tumblr. Every once in a while, I repost here a post from my Tumblr because I want to revisit a topic. Today's post is a revisit to the definition of rhetoric, because I'd like to introduce a few other tools for rhetoric. So, from my Tumblr:

What is Rhetoric?

The definition of the word rhetoric as it is—unfortunately—commonly used today is speech that is empty, grandiose, or insincere. Check out Merriam-Webster’s definition; this negative connotation of the word doesn’t appear until definition 2, clarification B, as an also! 

The main definition (the one that I am intending) is “the art of speaking or writing effectively.”

It is simply the ability to—the art of—sharing exactly what you want to in a way that people understand perfectly.

Now, isn’t that beautiful?

Stay tuned for examples of rhetorical devices!

Want more now? Check out "The Art of Rhetoric" by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

No comments:

Post a Comment