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AN INTRODUCTORY ARTICLE ON THE GENERAL
PRINCIPLES OF ELOCUTION;
A THOROUGH METHOD OF ANALYSIS, INTENDED
OF THE THOUGHT AND EMOTION :
A CRITICAL PHONIC ANALYSIS OF ENGLISH WORDS;
DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF NORMAL AND HIGH SCHOOLS, AND
THE HIGHEST CLASSES IN COMMON SCHOOLS.
By RICHARD EDWARDS, LL, D.
PRESIDENT OF THE ILLINOIS STATE NORMAL UNIVERSITY
TAINTOR & CO., 678 BROADWAY.
CHICAGO: GEO. SHERWOOD & CO.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866,
By GEO. & C. W. SHERWOOD,
for the Northern District of Illinois.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1887,
BY GEO. & C. W. SHERWOOD,
for the Northern District of Illinoin.
The feeling is very general that the pupils of our schools ought to be taught to read understandingly and effectively; and this feeling we consider reasonable and just.
But it is the almost universal conviction that this very desirable result is seldom attained by the methods that have been most commonly employed in the schools.
This book has been prepared with the single design of furnishing the pupils of our high schools, and of the highest classes in the common schools in the country, and in the grammar schools in our cities, with such help as will enable them to attain this result. It does not aim to present a compendium of English literature, nor to disclose the facts and principles of any other science or art. Its sole purpose is to teach young persons to appreciate and to read good English.
Reading is not only the key to all knowledge; it is also, when properly taught, direct means of the most thorough mental discipline, bringing the mind, as it does, into contact with the noblest thoughts uttered in the language.
It is assumed by the compiler that the thought and emotion contained in every selection read in school should be thoroughly mastered by the pupils :
First, because thus only can the amount of mental discipline be secured which the reading exercise ought to afford;
Secondly, because such a mastery is essential to a proper rendering of the piece by the voice.