Rhetoric is the art of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speakers that attempt to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations.
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- Academic writing excuses itself from rhetorical care in the selfless service of some precise truth—and then deforms our only means for speaking truth.
- Mark D. Jordan, “Christian Rhetoric: Scraps for a Manifesto,” Cross Currents, 56 (3), p. 328
- Rhetoric, I shall urge, should be a study of misunderstanding and its remedies.
- I. A. Richards, Philosophy of Rhetoric (1964)
- "The rhetorical process functioned in many areas other than speech: Curtius wrote about 'rhetorical landscape representations' while Serpieris speaks of 'la retorica al teatro' (the rhetorical use of theatrical space), and music historians have learned that the language and approach of musical theory in the Middle Ages were borrowed directly from medieval grammar and rhetoric."