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ORATORICAL AND POETICAL,
As Exercises in Recitation, at the Institution,
Bedford Place, Russell Square.
BY JOHN THELWALL, ESQ:
PROFESSOR OF THE SCIENCE AND PRACTICE OF ELOCUTION.
PRINTED, FOR THE AUTHOR,
BY J. M'CREERY, PLACK HORSE COURT,
KENT, HOLBORN, &c.
OF THIS VOLUME ARE AS FOLLOWS.
years, are already in the hands of many persons, and
The price of this book will shew that it does not aim at
PLAN AND OBJECTS, &c.
THE imperfect state of Elocution, in this country,--so inconsistent with the state of knowledge and refinement, in every other respect,--and the deficiency of grace, harmony and facility, even in the tones and enunciation of our professed Instructors, our Advocates and public speakers, are phenomena that cannot have escaped the animadversion of critical observers; and that have even brought a stigma upon our language itself, for which there is no other foundation; while the frequent occurrence of every species of degrading and troublesome impediment, has been noticed by foreigners, as one of the unfortunate peculiarities of the English nation. These considerations have induced Mr. Thelwall to devote several years of his life, to a Theoretical and Practical Avalysis of the Phenomena of Spoken Language ;-to a minute examination of the organization, on which those Phenomena depend; and an accurate investigation of the Physiological, Rational, and Musical Principles, by which the powers, both of Conversational and Oratorical Delivery, nay, most effectually, be regulated and improved.
Of the point of view in which these researches have led him to consider the subject, the principles that form the basis of his general system of Instruction, and the progressive developement and practical operation of those principles, some sketches will be found in his “ Vestibule of Eloquence”