A Course of Study in Speech Training and Public Speaking for Secondary Schools: Being the Report of a Special Committee of the National Association of Teachers of Speech

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Alexander Magnus Drummond
Century Company, 1925 - Elocution - 291 pages
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Page 215 - Halloo your name to the reverberate hills And make the babbling gossip of the air Cry out ' Olivia ! ' O, you should not rest Between the elements of air and earth, But you should pity me ! Oli. You might do much.
Page 215 - tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly: If the assassination Could trammel up the consequence, and catch, 'With his surcease, success ; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here. But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, — We'd jump the life to come...
Page 229 - O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, That I am meek and gentle with these butchers; Thou art the ruins of the noblest man That ever lived in the tide of times.
Page 129 - ... that architectural conception of work, which foresees the end in the beginning and never loses sight of it, and in every part is conscious of all the rest, till the -last sentence does but, with undiminished vigour, unfold and justify the first...
Page 61 - Impress but the mind fully with the sentiments, &c. to be uttered ; withdraw the attention from the sound, and fix it on the sense; and nature, or habit, will spontaneously suggest the proper Delivery.
Page 107 - ... how to find books that are worth while. These two aims are fundamental ; they must be kept in mind in planning the whole course and applied in the teaching of every year.
Page 61 - ... &c. The only answer that could be given, is, that these tones, emphases, &c. are a part of the language; — that nature, or custom, which is a second nature, suggests spontaneously these different modes of giving expression to the different thoughts, feelings, and designs, which are present to the mind of any one who, without study, is speaking in earnest his own sentiments. Then, if this be the case, why not leave nature to do her own work?
Page 107 - All expression in speech demands distinct and natural articulation, correct pronunciation, the exercise of a sense for correct and idiomatic speech, and the use of an agreeable and well-managed voice.
Page 59 - To the adoption of any such artificial scheme there are three weighty objections; first, that the proposed system must necessarily be imperfect; secondly, that if it were perfect, it would be a. circuitous path to the object in view; and thirdly, that even if both those objections were removed, the object would not be effectually obtained.
Page 169 - Hence, in teaching English, the most effective course of all seems to me to be this : having selected an exemplary passage, first to assign its peculiar excellence and its deficiency, and next to point out what things contribute to the one, what to the other, and what are indifferent to both. The pupils are thus accustomed to weigh every expression that comes before them, and this I take to be the beginning of the art of composition.

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