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A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes   By: (1506?-1555?)

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Richard Sherry's A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes is a remarkable guide that delves into the intricate world of figures of speech. This comprehensive work provides a thorough exploration of schemes and tropes, offering a valuable resource not only for language enthusiasts and writers but also for scholars and educators.

Sherry's expertise shines through his meticulous analysis and explanations of various rhetorical devices. He presents an in-depth understanding of how these figures of speech enhance communication, enabling readers to master the subtle art of expression. Through numerous examples, the author illustrates how schemes and tropes can embellish language and convey meanings that extend beyond literal interpretation.

One notable aspect of Sherry's treatise is his systematic approach to categorizing figures of speech. By classifying schemes and tropes based on their unique characteristics, he equips readers with a framework that facilitates comprehension and application. The organized structure of the book allows for easy navigation and reference, making it an invaluable tool for writers seeking to imbue their work with heightened literary flair.

Moreover, Sherry's writing style proves engaging and accessible. Despite the density of the subject matter, he manages to strike a fine balance between scholarly analysis and readability. The author's clear explanations and lucid examples ensure that both novices and experts in the field can benefit from his insights.

In addition to its pedagogical merit, A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes also serves as a historical document that sheds light on the development of rhetoric throughout the ages. Sherry skillfully intertwines references to ancient Greek and Roman thinkers, such as Aristotle and Cicero, with contemporary applied examples. This fusion of old and new provides a rich perspective on the enduring relevance of figures of speech in effective communication.

If there is any critique of this otherwise impressive work, it would be the limited discussion on the cultural and contextual nuances that may influence the usage and interpretation of schemes and tropes. While Sherry acknowledges the importance of context briefly, a more detailed exploration of these factors could have further enriched the readers' understanding and application of the figures of speech.

Overall, A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes by Richard Sherry is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in mastering the art of rhetorical expression. With its meticulous analysis, comprehensive classification, and engaging style, this treatise provides a solid foundation and serves as a go-to reference in the realm of language and literature. Sherry's contribution to the study of figures of speech is commendable, making this book an essential addition to any writer's or scholar's library.

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[Transcriber's Note:

This text is intended for users whose text readers cannot use the "real" (Unicode/UTF 8) version of the file. Characters that could not be fully displayed have been "unpacked" and shown in brackets:

[en], [em] = e with overline [un], [um] = u with overline [in] = i with overline (once only)

The forms ã (for an, am) and õ (for om, on) have been retained.

The text is based on scans of two different physical copies of the same edition; see end of e text for one variant reading. Other errors are also listed at the end of the e text.

Superscripts are shown with carets: w^t, y^e. All pilcrows ¶ in the body text were added by the transcriber (see endnotes).

The book was originally (1550) printed together with Erasmus's The Education of Children . The introduction (1961) mentions Erasmus briefly; the Index refers only to Sherry's Treatise . Since the two texts have no connection except that Sherry is assumed to be the translator of the Erasmus essay, they have been made into separate e texts.]



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