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What is "Rhetoric and Composition"?


The art of using language effectively so as to persuade or influence others...the study of principles and rules to be followed by a speaker or writer striving for eloquence, esp. as formulated by ancient Greek and Roman writers.

Composition: kɒmpəˈzɪʃən/

The due arrangement of words into sentences, and of sentences into periods; the art of constructing sentences and of writing prose or verse.


"Rhetoric." OED Online. June 2012. Oxford University Press

"Composition." OED Online. June 2012. Oxford University Press

Rhetoric and Composition

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