Renaissance and Eloquence

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Eloquence is a word not often used this day in age but its meaning is just as serious as it has always been. Eloquence has many synonyms such as: articulacy, expression, fluency. It mainly means the way you present yourself in your speech. This word has lost its use through the years because people don’t take speech as serious as it used to be long ago. In the old days of knights and Kings and Queens to even the 1800’s during the time of the Civil War, respectable people had a way with words, a certain eloquence if you will. Although this word has lost its value in this time it should be reconsidered. People now have all their slang and foul words and idiotic sayings but back in the olden times it was obscene to talk the way we do now especially in the presence of a lady. I believe that it should still be that way even now. It is not just about the way with words it is about the respect you show people and the respect you have for yourself. Eloquence is fluent, forcible, elegant or persuasive speaking in public. It is primarily the power of expressing strong emotions in striking and appropriate language, thereby producing conviction or persuasion. The term is also used for writing in a fluent style. The concept of eloquence dates the ancient Greeks, Calliope, (one of the nine daughters of Zeus) being the Muse of epic poetry and eloquence. Eloquence derives from the Latin roots: ē (a shortened form of the preposition ex), meaning "out (of)," and loquor, a deponent verb meaning "to speak." Thus, being eloquent is having the ability to project words fluidly out of the mouth and the ability to understand and command the language in such a way that one employs a graceful style coupled with the power of persuasion. Fracesco Petrarca, in his study program of the classics and antiquity (Italian Renaissance) focused attention on language and communication. After mastering language, the goal was to reach a “level of eloquence”, to be able to present gracefully,...
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