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Shakespeare's Use of the Arts of Language Paperback – September 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1589880481 ISBN-10: 158988048X
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A truly magnificent work of learning. -- Newark News

This book makes clear what we ought to mean when we call Shakespeare an artist in language. -- New York Herald Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sister Miriam Joseph (1898-1982) earned her doctorate from Columbia University. A member of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Sister Miriam was professor of English at Saint Mary's College from 1931 to 1960. She was also the author of Shakespeare's Use of the Arts of Language and many articles on Shakespeare and on the trivium.
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  • Paperback: 423 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Dry Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158988048X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589880481
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sister Miriam Joseph Rauh, C.S.C., (1898-1982) earned her doctorate from Columbia University. A member of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Sister Miriam was professor of English at Saint Mary's College from 1931 to 1960.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By bullseye on May 3, 2007
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Paul Dry publishers should be commended for bringing this classic book back into print. I believe it had been out of print for decades and the fortunate few who had a copy or who were lucky enough to uncover a used copy, cherished this book as if it were a treasure. Sister Miriam Joseph displays an encyclopedic knowledge of Shakepeare's entire works including all the plays, the Sonnets & the narrative poems. She demonstrates Shakespeare's use of a wide variety of rhetorical terms as well as showing his use of the forms of argument, logic, and persuasion. Shakespeare's use of the rhetorical terms and the other "arts of language" is often the best example of anyone, ever! I really believe this book is of great value to a wide variety of readers and needs to be on more college and high school book lists; it is that good. Specifically, it will be of value to any writers; serious students of Shakespeare; or anyone interested in improving their communication skills. Close and careful study of this book will be time well spent.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M.B. Gordon on January 5, 2007
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Two years ago I paid $145 for this unabridged version, which had gone out of print. At that time, the only version in print had been eviscerated of several hundred pages highlighting Shakespeare's own examples of rhetorical craft. Now the the unabridged version is back at an amazingly affordable price and remains the best work yet for those who want to use or teach this invaluable science of style.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on October 25, 2008
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The best thing this reprint needs is a Glossary.

As our current custom in education through college ignores rhetoric, and logic, altogether, those terms and concepts once second hand to everyone with a high school education are now completely unknown to us, and so a supplemental glossary is sought.

We are now not taught rhetoric nor logic in order the more easily to control us, and to keep us as happy consumers of waste products. Read the transcript of the recent Vice Presidential "debates" and compare them with The Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858.

What is a debate? What is logic? What is Rhetoric?

Get thee to a glossary, go!

As this book reveals, in Shakespeare's day select small boys arose from before sunrise until after sunset to study rhetoric, and logic, if they were not serfs out in the fields for those same hours.

This present work was originally published over sixty years ago, written by a Catholic nun at a time any woman was rare in higher education, yet who spent the war years carefully researching this comprehensive work.

In Shakespeare's day those small boys fortunate enough for schooling studied rhetorical forms using Biblical citations. This work demonstrates rhetorical forms using Shakespearean citations, which are marvelous and impel us to further Shakespearean studies.

How often have you read Timon of Athens (Arden Shakespeare) or
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This is a scholarly book that methodically explores William Shakespeare's creative use of Elizabethan English in his plays. The book consists of three parts: (1) an introduction to the prevalent theories of composition in England in Shakespeare's lifetime; (2) an extensive survey of Shakespeare's use of the tools of the Trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) in his plays; and (3) a review of the theories of composition espoused by logicians and rhetoricians in Tudor England.

The first part provides an informative background that provides a conceptual and theoretical context by which the reader can better understand and appreciate the author's analysis and discussion of Shakespeare's creative use of Elizabethan English in his plays. Although the first part is somewhat technical in nature, a reader who takes the time and devotes the attention needed to follow the author's discussion will be better able to follow and appreciate the author's later discussion of Shakespeare's creative use of language in his plays.

The second part looks at many passages from Shakespeare's plays to illustrate and discuss how Shakespeare creatively used grammatical schemes, figures of speech, logic, and elements of classical rhetoric to make his plays lively, interesting, and memorable for his audiences. The second part is the heart of the book and the part most likely to be of interest to readers wanting to learn about Shakespeare's creative use of language, or to better understand and appreciate his plays.

The third part is a review of the theories of composition espoused by logicians and rhetoricians in Tudor England.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian Mackechnie on October 31, 2008
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This book examines the influence of a typical grammar school education on the word power and appreciation of the likes of Shakespeare. It is presumed that Shakespeare enjoyed a reasonable degree of schooling and in the last section of this wonderful book, the author outlines the typical course in language and its uses that a student would cover.

Firstly it certainly puts to shame the watered down nonsense that passes for English grammar and clear thinking in schools today. Secondly, it helps us to understand just where some of the theoretical genius of Shakepeare developed from.

A wonderful work. It has thrown me further into the study of language..
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