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Lessons in Elocution.

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Pages: 140

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: General Books LLC (8 Jan. 2012)

By: William Scott (Author)

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1820. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... BY WILLIAM SCOTT. TO WHICH ARK PREFIXED ELEMENTS OF GESTURE. ILLUSTRATED BY FOUR PLATES: AND RULES FOR EXPRESSING WITH PROPRIETY, THE vARIOUS PASSIONS, Wc. OF THE MIND. ALSO, AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING LESSONS ON A NEW PLAN. LEICESTER: PRINTED BY BOHI BROWN, i82»:»: ELEMENTS OF GESTURE. SECTION I. Oh the Sneaking of Sfieeches at Schools.--Walker, ELOCUTION has, for some years past, been an object of attention in the most respectable schools in this country. A laudable ambition of instructing youth, in the pronunciation sind delivery of their native language, lias made English speeches a very conspicuous part of those exhibitions of oratory, which lo our seminaries of learning so much credit. This attention to English pronunciation, has induced several ingenious men to compileexercises in elocution, for the U3e of schools, which have answered very useful purposes: butnonc,so faras I have seen,have attempted to give,us a regular syatem of gesture, suited to the wants and capacities of school boys. Mr. Burgh, in his Art of Speaking, has given us a system of the passions: and has shown us how they appear in the countenance, and operate on the body: but this system, however useful to people of riper years, is too delicate and complicated to be taught in schols. indeed the exact adaptation of the action to the word, and the word to the action, as Shakespeare calls it, is the most difficult part of delivery, and, therefore, can never be taught perfectly to children: to say nothing of distracting their attention with two very difficult things, at the same lime. . But that boys should stand motionless, while they are pronouncing the most impassioned language, is extremely absurd and unnatural : and that they should sprawl into an awkward, ungain and destilt...

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