We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent book illuminates the power of language from a linguistic point of view and provides fascinating insights into the way we use words. David Crystal, a world-renowned expert on the history and usage of the English language, probes the intricate workings of eloquence in this lively analysis.
Crystal focuses on the here and now of eloquent speaking-from pitch, pace, and prosody to jokes, appropriateness, and how to wield a microphone. He explains what is going on moment by moment and examines each facet of eloquence. He also investigates topics such as the way current technologies help or hinder our verbal powers, the psychological effects of verbal excellence, and why certain places or peoples are thought to be more eloquent than others. In the core analysis of the book, Crystal offers an extended and close dissection of Barack Obama's electrifying "Yes we can" speech of 2008, in which the president demonstrated full mastery of virtually every element of eloquence-from the simple use of parallelism and an awareness of what not to say, to his brilliant conclusion constructed around two powerful words: dreams and answers.
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"Narrator Derek Perkins is a wonderful choice for this work on the art of eloquence by renowned language expert David Crystal. Crystal defines the core elements of eloquence, and Perkins employs his steady British-accented delivery to great effect in demonstrating the various components of this art, such as pacing, pitch, and patterns of word distribution. As models of eloquence, the author includes speeches by Barack Obama as well as Martin Luther King, Jr., read commendably by Perkins. In a work about eloquence, a skilled narrator is of the utmost importance, and Perkins excels in modeling the qualities of eloquence set forth by Crystal. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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