Elements of Eloquence Single Line Challenge, Chapters 14, 15, 16 and 17: Hendiadys, Epistrophe, Tricolon and Epizeuxis

These four Rhetorical Figures lead into one another neatly, in the entertaining, short, and informative chapters 14 – 17 of our Challenge textbook: The Elements of Eloquence, by Mark Forsyth. I piously hope the effort of distinguishing these four similar figures, and then using them together, will sharpen our minds and, metaphorically, our metaphorical pencils.…

Fermented Fish Soup Recipe: Fish That Isn’t Fishy

FERMENTED SWAI AND SAUERKRAUT SOUP RECIPE WAPF FRIENDLY SOUS VIDE FRIENDLY Notes: Please let me know how you and your family like this recipe! As it’s my own invention, please don’t publish it without permission. (WordPress “reblogging” is fine.) I was shocked to find out how quickly this barely-cooked fermented soup was eaten by my…

The Muse Unchained: How Rhetorical Figures Aid Poetry

I’ve been enjoying the works of poet Michael R. Burch. I found him at The Chained Muse, which publishes poems of classical bent that are usually true in temper, but often uneven in quality. Burch publishes his own journal called HyperText. I think he’s among the better poets at Chained Muse. Here’s the list of…

A Good Poem Can’t Lie

The Sun Magazine brings us a splendid interview of Jungian poet James Applewhite, entitled Returning To Beauty. Here’s an excerpt: A good poem can’t lie. The attitudes of the writer are more clearly displayed in a poem than the writer can even intend. Often a bad poem is bad because the author wishes to mean…

A Promenade of Rhetoric

Display Your Writing Skills Can you write like men of old? Do you consider the line above to be perfectly good English, and ethically unobjectionable? Welcome! Were you nurtured, nay coddled, on forms of literature rich and neglected? Do you wish you could write like you read, and still be recognized as an author? Welcome!…

Poetry Challenge 13: Elements of Eloquence

We skipped 13, the first time around. Before going on to 20, at which point I promised publication, I want to make sure there actually are 20! And thankfully, I’ve finally found a resource that will make The Rhetorical Figure Poetry Challenge fairly painless. The book is Elements of Eloquence, by Mark Forsyth. I request…

The Lord of The Rings and The Book of Job

One reason I like Tolkien’s mythology so much is its approach to the relationship between freedom and evil. Generally, when a Christian thinker is asked why evil occurs and is allowed to influence the world, the answer comes down to “freedom.” Tolkien, on the other hand, strongly associates compulsion and slavery with evil, and freedom…