[Milton-L] Milton's use of rhetoric

Frances Batycki dbatycki at ucalgary.ca
Sun Feb 29 11:47:31 EST 2004

There is one called /The Forest of Rhetoric/ (if it's still up and 
running).  It's not specifically Milton but I found it well done and 
quite useful.  At the other end of the scale is  a book called /A 
Dictionary of Literary Devices: Gradus, A-Z/ by Bernard Dupriez and 
translated and adapted by Albert W. Halsall -- who won one of Canada's 
Goveror General's Literary Awards for his translation (my plug for 
Canada for day).  The book is not one I recommend to students because it 
is really a "forest" but it's thorough and detailed and a must for a 
rhetorician's library.  You might be able to glean a short list for your 
students.  I have used Lanham, and I love the book dearly, but it's not 
as discriminating as one might wish for teaching early modern writers.  
Of course, Sloane's /Encyclopedia of Rhetoric /is worth having.  And 
finally, going to some of the early modern rhetoricians themselves is 
good.  Some of the texts are simply lists.
I'm envious.  I'd love to take the course.

Shannon Reed wrote:

>I'm preparing to teach a course on John Milton and plan to focus
>specifically on Milton's rhetoric.
>Among all of the fabulous web-pages out there, is there one that lists the
>rhetorical devices/tropes/figures that Milton uses most frequently?  Or are
>there any reference works that do so?  I've done a couple of google searches
>and haven't come up with much beyond online syllabi.
>I've given the students Lanham's *Handlist of Rhetorical Terms*, but I
>suspect it will be a bit overwhelming for undergrads (and we're doing all of
>this in 3 1/2 weeks), so I would be grateful for any leads that might make
>their investigation of Milton's rhetoric more efficient.
>Shannon L. Reed
>sreed at cornellcollege.edu
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>Milton-L at lists.richmond.edu

Frances Batycki
Department of English
The University of Calgary
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