The Elements of Eloquence

The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, English Language, Dictionaries & Reference, Linguistics & Language Studies
Hardback Published on: 07/11/2013
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The Elements of Eloquence
The Elements of Eloquence
I love this book! While not denying the genuine talents of writers such as Shakespeare, this clever and humorous writing guide does make you realise that h... READ MORE
Richard Keay
The Elements of Eloquence
Utterly charming and very funny
Rhetoric is a much maligned subject, often considered to be dull, sometimes even said to be dangerous, it’s high time someone set the record straight. Wha... READ MORE
Claudia  Sunderhauf
The Elements of Eloquence
The Elements of Eloquence
The Elements of Eloquence is Mark Forsyth’s delightful ode to linguistic style over substance. Using classic works (such as Blake’s Tiger, Tiger) and the t... READ MORE
Erin Britton


'An informative but highly entertaining journey through the figures of rhetoric ... Mark Forsyth wears his considerable knowledge lightly. He also writes beautifully.' David Marsh, Guardian

In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the bestselling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon.

From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', orTo be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde.

Whether you're aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything to say - you simply need to say it well.

`Sparkling ... the book offers many pleasures ... I laughed out loud' Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781848316218
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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The Elements of Eloquence
Love it!
Readable, entertaining, informative and useful for anyone who wants to write or speak persuasively. I especially liked the (surprise) chapter on poetry.