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THE importance attaching to the study of the Speech on Conciliation is indicated by the fact that the Committee have assigned it for study in the years 1897-1908.
In this edition, the editor, in addition to preparing the notes explanatory of the text, has aimed at exhibiting its logical form and structure. Such a plan of editing and of study gives an excellent opportunity of impressing, by the force of Burke's example, some of the fundamental processes of composition - and it is to
and it is to be remembered that the most persistent demand which the colleges are at present making of the teacher of English is the demand for skill in this artfor “ clearness and accuracy
expres sion.” The Speech is valuable as a model : it is commonly accepted as a masterpiece: it is constructed on such a definite, orderly plan; its various parts are so nicely articulated; it is, indeed, such a finely developed organism, — that the study of its details cannot fail to impress the pupil with the importance of the rhetorical principles upon which it is constructed. What claimed Burke's attention in the construction of his work will impress the pupil in the construction of his own.
The method of study proposed is indicated on pages ixxiv - i. e., in the careful reading of groups of paragraphs as they express successive units of thought; in the construction of the skeleton analysis ; in the study of appropriate rhetorical notes, together with such of the exercises as the teacher finds time for. The teacher will see on examination that some of the work appointed may be omitted; but, according to the idea and purpose of the editor, the construction of the skeleton outline is an essential. It is not