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Early Medieval stylistic rhetoric

A. G.P. van der Walt
Literator | Vol 2, No 3 | a1024 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v2i3.1024 | © 1981 A. G.P. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 May 1981 | Published: 10 May 1981

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A. G.P. van der Walt, Department of Latin, South Africa

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According to the well-known expert on medieval rhetoric, James J. Murphy, the three typical medieval forms of rhetoric are the art of letter writing, the art of preaching and the art of poetry (Murphy, 1971, p. xv). In this paper we are concerned only with the second of these arts, namely, the rhetoric of preaching. Though the perceptive treatises on the rhetoric of preaching, the so-called artes praedicandi, did not originate before the thirteenth century, pulpit rhetoric was very much alive in the earlier part of the Middle Ages and fine examples of this kind of eloquence can be quoted.


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