First published in 1954, this title is a companion to The Anatomy of Poetry as a literary guide for the student reader. Writing that students generally find it more challenging to analyse a passage of prose than a piece of poetry, Marjorie Boulton takes a systematic approach to the technical elements of prose, considering form, vocabulary, rhythm and the application of historical context. With suggestions for further reading and practical, lucid advice, this reissue will be of particular value to students of English Literature in need of a constructive study aid.
Introduction 1. The General Form of Prose 2. The Word: Vocabulary 3. The Sentence: Grammar and Idiom 4. The Sentence: Written and Spoken Prose 5. The Paragraph 6. Prose Rhythm 7. Individual and Common Style 8. Common Style and Cheap Style 9. Simplicity and Ornamentation 10. Subdivisions: A. Objective and Subjective 11. Subdivisions: B. Abstract and Concrete 12. Subdivisions: Realism, Romance and Unreality 13. Subdivisions: Some Special Conventions 14. Subdivisions: Prose for Its Own Sake 15. The Historical Approach 16. The Science of Rhetoric 17. A Word About Writing Prose 18. Suggestions for Further Reading; Index
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