Elements of Criticism, vol. 2
Volume 2 of a two volume work on the “science of criticism” by one of the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment. Kames argues that criticism of art and literature is a rational science as well as a matter of taste. In volume 1 he explores the nature and causes of the emotions and passions. In volume 2 he explores the principles of rhetoric and literary appreciation, and discusses the formation of our standards of taste.
Elements of Criticism, Edited and with an Introduction by Peter Jones (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005). 2 vols. Vol. 2.
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Table of Contents
- natural law and enlightenment classics
- NATURAL LAW AND ENLIGHTENMENT CLASSICS
- CHAPTER XVIII: Beauty of Language1
- SECTION I: Beauty of Language with respect to Sound.
- SECTION II: Beauty of Language with respect to Signification.
- SECTION III: Beauty of Language from a resemblance between Sound and Signification.
- SECTION IV: Versification.
- CHAPTER XIX: Comparisons
- CHAPTER XX: Figures
- SECTION I: Personification.
- SECTION II: Apostrophe.
- SECTION III: Hyperbole.
- SECTION IV: The Means or Instrument conceived to be the Agent.
- SECTION V: A Figure, which, among related Objects, extends the Properties of one to another.
- SECTION VI: Metaphor and Allegory.
- SECTION VII: Figure of Speech.
- FIRST TABLE. Subjects expressed figuratively.
- SECOND TABLE. Attributes expressed figuratively.
- CHAPTER XXI: Narration and Description
- CHAPTER XXII: Epic and Dramatic Composition
- CHAPTER XXIII: The Three Unities
- CHAPTER XXIV: Gardening and Architecture
- CHAPTER XXV: Standard of Taste
- APPENDIX: Terms defined or explained
- BOOKS WRITTEN BY THE SAME AUTHOR Printed for J. Bell and W. Creech, Edinburgh; G. Robinson and T. Cadell, London.