A review by shareen17
The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth


I picked this up on a whim at the library and what a happy surprise. The premise is this: memorable lines from songs, plays, poems and speeches are memorable for a reason. They follow one of a number of "formulas for producing good lines." The author goes through a number of these formulas, or figures of speech, explaining with clarity, with great examples and with great humor. I wish I could retake some of my college English courses with this as my textbook.