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Rhetoric: Readings in French Literature$
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Michael Hawcroft

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159841

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159841.001.0001

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(p.164) 5 Poetry
Rhetoric: Readings in French Literature

Michael Hawcroft

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses poetry and provides a rhetoric perspective for viewing poetry. Modern readers seem to be unwilling to view poetry using such a perspective, believing that poetry required the use of language in ways that are not entirely explicable in rational terms. It is possible that this attitude stemmed from the attitude towards poets during the 19th century. In this chapter, the discussion shows that writing, reading, and appreciating poetry not only requires its own skills, but also skills of traditional rhetoric.

Keywords:   poetry, rhetoric perspective, poets, nineteenth century, traditional rhetoric, skills

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