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Analyzing Prose (Scribner English Series) First Edition Edition
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The couple of two-star reviews are missing the virtues of Analyzing Prose. This is not a rehash of Revising Prose at all. Revising Prose outlines the Paramedic Method, which is really major first aid for bloated dead-fish prose. He calls it the Paramedic Method for a reason.
Analyzing Prose is a practical extension of the arguments that Lanham develops in Style: An Anti-Textbook, which is also an amazing book. Analyzing Prose walks through various ways of classifying prose styles and as a result gives writers something to emulate and practice. Both of these books make the passionate plea to start to take real joy in words and language again, to reject the utilitarian and drab argument that says all prose must be clear, simple, and functional.
If you ever read a line of Shakespeare and marveled at his gorgeous and clever parallel constructions, and inversions; if you love the first few sentences of Lolita; if you noticed Abraham Lincoln's repetition at Gettysburg--"we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow..."--then you will certainly appreciate this book, and appreciate all those others even more.
(There is a (brief) glossary of the Greek, and the author helpfully reminds the reader on occasion what the chiasmus and whatnot mean.)
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This author is absolutely fantastic at what he does. Although, I'm biased, as one of my favorite professors really likes this guy.Published on January 7, 2014 by Emily C Riggs
A must have for any college level english course; great guide for effective close readings.Published on March 8, 2007 by Camille Battle