Rhetoric (noun)

  • the art of speaking or writing effectively: such as
         athe study of principles and rules of composition formulated by critics of ancient times
         bthe study of writing or speaking as a means of communication or persuasion


In the reading, “Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers” the author, Nancy Sommers stated: “First of all, it is based on traditional rhetorical models, models that were created to serve the spoken art of oratory. In whatever ways the parts of classical rhetoric are described, they offer “stages” of composition that are repeated in contemporary models of the writing process”.

In other words, Nancy Sommers’ point is, regarding the principles of composition there is alway arrangements and it’s often repeated several times in the writing process.

This is an interesting word because it can be difficult to understand at first.

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