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The Five Cannons of Rhetoric
Transcript of The Five Cannons of Rhetoric
Three Parts to Memory:
The Five Canons of Rhetoric
Definition of Canon
"A criterion, or standard of judgement"
The Canons ask: "Is the discourse effective?"
The Five Canons of Rhetoric first appear in Cicero's work, Rhetorica ad Herennium. This piece consisted of four books which detailed the common rhetorical approach (changingminds.org).
Burton, Gideon O. "Memory." Memory. Brigham Young University, n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2014.
"Canon." Def. 4b. Mirriam-webster.com. N.d. Print.
Howat, Shaunna K. Biblical Worldview Rhetoric I. Charleston: n.p., 2010. Print.
"The Five Canons of Rhetoric." Changing Minds. Changing Minds, n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2014.
Latin: Dispositio (organization)
"The systematical arrangement of the parts of a discourse" (Howat 26).
Statement of facts
Proof of Case
"Argument used in certain types of discourse" (Howat 26).
Closing arguments in courts of law
"method for finding topics or arguments"
The ability of the speaker to memorize the discourse
The speakers capability of proper quotation and following the rules of rhetoric
Other ceremonial speeches
Writing and speaking in a way that the audience remembers the discourse
Latin: elocutio (to speak)
"the adaption of suitable words and sentences to the matter" (Howat 27)
"Argument used for any occasion or type of speech" (Howat 26).
Ex: it can be told anywhere that fits the occasion with small adaptions
"Graceful regulation of voice, countenance, and gesture as one speaks" (Howat 26).