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Rhetorical Mosaic for a Kaleidoscope of Sound

Poetry as a Road to Understanding the Prose Voice

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Jane Britt

This work employs drama and imagination to guide the reader to the discovery of voice. Through this consciousness, the reader is involved in the role of poetry and rhetoric in the comprehension of prose from Homer, Plato and the Bible to John Henry Newman, James Joyce and Norman Mailer and in the role of autobiography in developing a philosophy of life. From these an interest in methods develops. Voice and image unite to challenge today's visual orthodoxy by moving the reader beyond typography to a secondary orality described by Walter Ong in the work's inspiration, Orality and Literacy.