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Intonation: A Virtue for Writing at the Root of Everyday Speech

Peter Elbow

in Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199782505
eISBN:
9780190252861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782505.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on intonation as a virtue in speech that can be exploited to improve writing. It considers how intonation relates to meaning in grammar, syntax, semantics, and connotation. It ... More


How Does Revising by Reading Aloud Actually Work?

Peter Elbow

in Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199782505
eISBN:
9780190252861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782505.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explains how reading aloud actually improves revision and why it is very helpful to read our own writing aloud. After discussing the advantages of reading aloud, the chapter examines the ... More


Beyond Meaning: Differing Fates of Some Modernist Poets’ Investments of Belief in Sounds

Natalie Gerber

in Critical Rhythm: The Poetics of a Literary Life Form

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780823282043
eISBN:
9780823285983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823282043.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Modernist American poets Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams insisted on the values of linguistic sound beyond the semantic. Stevens focused on the modulations of the sounds ... More


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