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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 11, September, 1858   By:

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The articles included in this issue of The Atlantic Monthly provide a diverse range of topics, from literary criticism to political commentary. Particularly noteworthy is an essay on the role of art in society, which explores the idea that literature and the arts can serve as a powerful force for social change. The depth of insight and thought-provoking arguments presented in this piece make it a standout feature of the magazine. Additionally, the poetry and fiction included in this issue offer a pleasing mix of styles and themes, showcasing the talents of both established and up-and-coming writers. Overall, The Atlantic Monthly continues to impress with its thought-provoking content and high literary quality.

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THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY.

A MAGAZINE OF LITERATURE, ART, AND POLITICS.

VOL. II. SEPTEMBER, 1858. NO. XI.

ELOQUENCE.

It is the doctrine of the popular music masters, that whoever can speak can sing. So, probably, every man is eloquent once in his life. Our temperaments differ in capacity of heat, or we boil at different degrees. One man is brought to the boiling point by the excitement of conversation in the parlor. The waters, of course, are not very deep. He has a two inch enthusiasm, a pattypan ebullition. Another requires the additional caloric of a multitude, and a public debate; a third needs an antagonist, or a hot indignation; a fourth needs a revolution; and a fifth, nothing less than the grandeur of absolute ideas, the splendors and shades of Heaven and Hell.

But because every man is an orator, how long soever he may have been a mute, an assembly of men is so much more susceptible. The eloquence of one stimulates all the rest, some up to the speaking point, and all others to a degree that makes them good receivers and conductors, and they avenge themselves for their enforced silence by increased loquacity on their return to the fireside.

The plight of these phlegmatic brains is better than that of those who prematurely boil, and who impatiently break the silence before their time... Continue reading book >>


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