Imitation and Analysis; English Exercises Based on Irvings Sketch Book
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... V. ESSAY. CONNECTED PARAGRAPHS. PRECEPTS. ESSENTIAL POINTS. Proposition. -- After choosing a subject for an essay, the writer should at the outset limit this subject to some definite issue. If this definite issue is set forth in a sentence, it is called the proposition or theme. The limitation of the subject is not always expressed in a single sentence. Sometimes it is explained throughout a whole paragraph; sometimes it is not explicitly stated at all, but it should be present to the writer if he hopes for unity in his composition. What the topkf is, therefore, to the paragraph, the proposition is to the essay. The Country Church is the subject of one of Irving's sketches. This subject might be limited to various definite issues. Irving's proposition, setting forth the definite issc a in the case, is found in the very first sentence. "There are few places more favorable to the study of character than the English country church." For similar examples, see The Wife, English Writers on America, Rural Life in England, Rural Funerals, The Angler. In the sketch, The Art of Bookmaking, the whole first paragraph is devoted to explaining the definite view of the subject taken by the author. Compare also the first paragraphs of The Broken Heart and Traits of Indian Character. In the sketch, Boscoe, there is no explicit statement of the proposition. It might be expressed thus: Roscoe is worthy of our admiration. Gathering of Material. -- The next point in an essay is the gathering of material. Ample matter will be suggested by the different modes of development. Ordering of Material. --After the gathering of material comes its ordering or disposal. The writer should have a plan in mind, whether it is to be expressly stated or not. In general, the...
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