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Monday, June 6, 2016

Writing with style: from the Random House of Good Writing by Mitchell Ivers

"Style includes voice, diction, sentence structure and the use of allusion, metaphor, repetition and figurative language.  The writing of a stylist is generally noted for its clarity, simplicity, and elegance."

An example is the article written by the ace writer E. B.  White re: the first steps on the moon of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin:

"The moon, as it turns out, is a great place for men.  One-sixth Gravity must be a lot of fun, and whenbArmstrong and Aldrin went into their bouncy little dance, like two happy children, it was a moment not only of triumph but of gaiety...Like every great river and every great sea, the moon belongs to none, and belongs to all.  It still holds the key to madness, still controls the tides that laps on shores everywhere, still guards the lovers who kiss on every lane under no banner but the sky.  What a pity that in our moment of triumph we did not forswear the familiar Iwo Jima scene and plant instead a device acceptable to all: a limp, white handkerchief, perhaps, symbol of the common cold, which, like the moon, Unites as all.

                                                                    ---E. B. White, "Moon Landing"

Thanks to Mitchell Ivers for this great excerpt from the Random House of Good Writing!  New World."

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