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II. FAULTS IN EMPHASIS. In animated conversation, most persons emphasize correctly because they know clearly what they wish to express; but, in reading the long and involved sentences of literary composition, the faults of untrained readers
1. Sometimes the emphasis is misplaced because the reader does not clearly comprehend the sense of what is read.
2. Sometimes the emphasis is applied at random, without reference to prominent ideas.
3. Sometimes the untrained reader reads in a dull, monotonous tone, without any emphasis whatever.
4. Not unfrequently the pupil overdoes the emphasis, and reads in a jerky, dogmatic manner.
5. There is often a tendency to a regular recurrence of emphasis, combined with the falling inflection, on random words, particularly at the end of every line of poetry, or of every alternate line, or at the end of every phrase or clause.
III. GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF EMPHASIS. 1. Words or groups of words that express leading ideas are emphatic; those that express what is comparatively unimportant, or that merely repeat what has been previously stated, are unemphatic.
2. Words expressing contrast of ideas are emphatic.
3. The subject and predicate of a sentence are, in general, emphatic.
4. Articles, pronouns, and connectives are, in general, unemphatic, though any part of speech may sometimes become emphatic.
5. The emphatic words of a sentence are generally the words most strongly markeu by the rising, falling, or circumflex inflection.
IV. DISTINCTION OF EMPHASIS. Emphasis may be divided into two kinds, antithetic or relative emphasis, and absolute emphasis.
Antithetic emphasis is applied to words that indicate contrast of ideas : Absolute emphasis is used to show the importance of a single word or to express feeling, emotion, or passion.
The degree of emphasis to be applied to words may be considered as slight, moderate, or strong.
EXAMPLES OF ANTITHETIC EMPHASIS.
1. He is not a friend but an enemy.
Shě drew an àngel down. 3. To bé or not to be—that is the question. 4. I come to bůry Cæsar, not to prăise him. 5. As for mé, give me líberty or give me dèath. 6. You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong. 7. He that cannot béar a jest should not make one. 8. I said my fàther, not my mother. 9. Tálent is power ; táct is skill. 10. After the snów, the emerald leaves,
After the harvest, golden sheaves. 11. He spoke for education, not against it.
12. The clerk, in letting Scrooge's nephew but, had let two other people in.
13. Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trúst.
14. The noblest mind the best contentment has. 15. Be thou familiar, but by no means vàlgar. 16. Give every man thine éar, but few thy vdice. 17. Take each man's cénsure, but reserve thy jùdgment.
18. Polárity, or action and réaction, we meet in every part of nature—in dárkness and light; in heat and cold; in the ebb and flow of waters; in male and female; in the inspiration and expiration of plants and animals; in the equation of quántity and quality in the fluids of the animal body ; in the systole and didstole of the hèart ; in the undulations of flúids and of sound ; in the centrifugal and centrèpetal gravity; in electricity, gálvanism, and chemical affinity. Superinduce magnetism at one end of a needle, the opposite magnetism takes place at the other end. If the south attracts, the north repèls. To empty hére, you must condense thère. An inevitable dùalism bisects nature, so that each thing is a hálf and suggests another thing to make it whòle ; as, spírit, mátter; man, woman; ódd, even ; súbjective, objective; in, but ; upper, undez ; motion, rest ; quéa, g.
All things are double, óne against another-tít for tàt; an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth; blood for blood; méasure for measure; love for love. Give and it shall be given you. He that wátereth shall be watered himself. What will you have ? quoth Gód; pay for it and tàke it. Nothing venture, nothing hàve. Thou shalt be paid exactly for what thou hast done, no more, no lèss. Who doth not work shall not eat.
VI. EXAMPLES OF ABSOLUTE EMPHASIS.
Absolute emphasis is applied to words according to their importance in the sentence, or according to the degree of emotion or passion to be expressed. When words are repeated for the purpose of intensifying emotion, each successive repetition is more forcibly emphasized.
1. It was a turkey! He never could have stood upon his legs, thắt bírd. He would have snapped 'em short off in a minute, like sticks of sealing-wax.
2. What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have 2
3. “Revenge! revenge !” the Saxons cried. 4. Then rose the terrible cry of fire! fire! fère ! 5. We must fight; I repeat it, sir, we must fight ! 6. “To årms! to drmis! to arms !” they cry. 7. Háppy, háppy, háppy páir !
None but the bráve,
None but the bráve,
"Why, bless my soul !" cried Fred, “who's that?”
“It's I. Your uncle Scrooge. I have come to dinner. Will you let me in, Fred ?"
Let him in! It is a mercy he did n't shake his arm off. He was at home in five minutes. Nothing could be heàrtier. His niece looked just the same. So did Topper, when ně cáme. So did the plump sister, when she came. So did every one when they cáme. Wonderful párty, wonderful games, wonderful unanimity, wonderful hàppiness!
GRANDMOTHER'S STORY OF BUNKER-HILL BATTLE. Then we cried, “The troops are routed ! they are beat
it can't be doubted ! God be thanked, the fight is over!”--Ah! the grim old
soldier's smile! Tell us, TELL us why you look so ? (we could hardly
speak we shoòk so.) “Are they béaten ? áre they béaten ? àre they beaten ?”
“ Wait awhile.”
And we shout, "At last they're done for; it's the barges
they have run for : They are beaten! beaten ! BEATEN'! and the battle 's
10. But whatever may be oŭr fate, be assured—be assured that this declaration will stånd. It may cost treasure, and it may cost bldod; but it will stànd, and it will richly compensate for both. Through the thick gloom of the présent, I see the brightness of the fúture, as the sùn in heaven. We shall make this a glorious, an immòrtal day. When we are in our gràves, our children will honor it. They will celebrate it with thanksgàving, with festivity, with bonfires, and illuminations. On its annual retúrn, they will shed tèars, còpious, gùshing tears ; not of subjéction and slávery, not of ágony and distréss, but of exultàtion, of gràtitude, and of jòy.
My judgment approves this measure, and my whole heàrt is in it. All that I hàve, and all that I am, and all that I hope in this life, I am now ready here to stàke upon it; and I leave off as I began, that, live or die, survive or pèrish, I am for the declaration.
“In a fortnight or three weeks,” said my uncle Toby, smiling," he might màrch.” “He will never march, an' please your honor, in this world,” said the corporal. “He will march,” said my uncle Tóby, rising up with one shoe óff. “An' please your honor,” said the corporal, “ he will never march but to his grăve." “He shall march,” cried my uncle Toby; "he shall march to his régiment.” “He can not stând it,” said the corporal. “He shall be suppôrted,” said my uncle Toby. “Ah, well-a-day, do what we can for him," said Trim, maintaining his point, “the poor soul will die.” “He shall nôt,” shouted my uncle Toby, with an oath. The Accusing Spirit which flew up to heaven's chancery, blushed as he gave it in, and the Recording Angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever.