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A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices

"This book contains definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices, all of which can still be useful today to improve the effectiveness, clarity, and enjoyment of your writing."


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Bryan Kopp
Bryan Kopp (Administrator)
13 years ago
This free online handbook is a useful reference source for students who are studying style as it relates to speaking or writing. The information about rhetorical devices is as good as can be found in any reference guide covering the subject. Entries for specific terms could perhaps be improved with pronunciation tips because many students struggle with Greek. Richard Harris, the author, has also written _Writing with Clarity and Style: A Guide to Rhetorical Devices for Contemporary Writers_. The book provides more examples and includes exercises that may be used in the classroom.

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