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date: 19 October 2019

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This article analyzes the crafting of an English language that is unceasingly eloquent. The challenge is confronted most directly in the pages of vernacular treatises on rhetoric and poetics — practical guides to the domestication of a theoretical discourse identified with what was written and spoken elsewhere. Several works are considered including Thomas Wilson's Arte of Rhetorique (1553, 1560), George Puttenham's Arte of English Poesie (1589), Richard Sherry's Treatise of Schemes and Tropes (1550), and George Gascoigne's ‘Certayne Notes of Instruction Concerning the Making of Verse’.

Keywords: treaties, poetics, eloquence, rhetoric, Thomas Wilson, George Puttenham, Richard Sherry, George Gascoigne, English prose, English language

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