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A SYSTEM OF ELOCUTION,
FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, AND
WILLIAM STEWART ROSS,
LATE OF CLARE COLLEGE, SCORTON,
“The habit of grammatical analysis, and of explaining the scope of lessons,
LONDON : SIMPKIN, MARSHALL & CO. ;
AND HAMILTON, ADAMS, & CO.
The work is not more specially intended for a manual of Elocution proper than as a General, or Fifth Standard, Poetical Reading Book. While it embraces all the better features of every system of Elocution extant, it is at the same time boldly and intelligently original. The fundamental principles of the system are entirely new. The principle of every mode of utterance, from the easiest colloquy to the sublimest eloquence, is deduced from concise reasoning and common sense. The Publisher leaves the book with confidence to the appreciation of all those who desire to speak their mothertongue naturally and well. It is the production of an author, not only of high general attainments, but a most successful practical teacher of English Composition, Analysis, and Elocution. The Appendix will be found useful in School Amateur Theatrical representations.
From Rev. J. M. POLLOCK, M.A., LL.D., Clare College, Scorton.
“I have read with great pleasure your System of Elocution, and believe the method you adopt, viz., that of making logical and verbal analysis the basis of all rhetorical effect, to be the only way of teaching Elocution.
“I can also testify to the complete success of your system by the excellent practical results you produced whilst carrying out your plan of teaching Elocution in this establishment. There were no exceptions : all were made to feel that the method you carried out was simple and responsible.”
From J. G. FITCH, Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, late Professor
of English Language and Literature, University of London. “I have read your MS. with some care and with a good deal of sympathy. It seems to me that your fundamental principle is right, and that all real grace and propriety of utterance must be founded on a perception of the logical relations of the successive sentences, and of their several parts. The whole theory of pauses, for instance, is dependent upon the separation of the sentence into its logical elements. I quite agree with you that many of the rules in the current books of elocution are arbitrary and perplexing; and I should like much to see the attention of teachers directed to a simpler and more rational system.”
From the HEAD ENGLISH MASTER, Royal Academy, Inverness. “I have examined your new work on Elocution, and think very highly of the system you have adopted. There is still abundant room for a good intelligible work on the subject; and I apprehend this system, based on the principle of Grammatical Analysis, cannot fail to be successful. The analysis is clear, the practical rules deduced at once simple and concise, and the selections in prose and verse are judiciously made. I can heartily recommend the work to the attention of teachers and advanced students.”