In Search of Schemes: A Critical Study of Henry Peacham's the Garden of Eloquence
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
This essay is a critical study of the renaissance scholar Reverend Henry Peacham’s categorisation of 165 different schemes in The Garden of Eloquence (1577). Modern linguists and rhetoricians classify a much smaller number. Edward P. J. Corbett only classifies twenty different schemes in his Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student (1990) and Christina Alm-Arvius uses an even smaller number. In her book Figures of Speech (2003) ten schemes are mentioned. The essay will compare different definitions of schemes, and it will investigate and give a quantitative suggestion on how many of Peacham’s sub-categories that have remained in use. It will also investigate what happened to some of the categories that have not remained in use. Finally, the essay will try to give an explanation of why and how Peacham managed to come up with such a great number.
The result shows that few of Peacham’s categories remain in use. Many have come to be included in other research fields, others were used twice also in the original version of The Garden of Eloquence (1577), others were too constructed or too similar to one another even in Peacham’s first recording.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6663OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-6663DiVA: diva2:196832
Johannesson, Nils-Lennart, Professor
Alm-Arvius, Christina, Associate Professor