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" This grew speedily to an excess ; for men began to hunt more after words than matter ; and more after the choiceness of the phrase, and the round and clean composition of the sentence, and the sweet falling of the clauses, and the varying and illustration... "
The Life and Pontificate of Leo the Tenth - Page 60
by William Roscoe - 1827
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Knowledge and Postmodernism in Historical Perspective

Joyce Oldham Appleby - Knowledge, Sociology of - 1996 - 578 pages
...writing. . . . This grew speedily to an excess,- for men began to hunt more after words than matter,more after the choiceness of the phrase, and the round...soundness of argument, life of invention, or depth of judgement 3. Here therefore is the first distemper of learning, when men study words and not matter...
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The Cambridge Companion to Bacon

Markku Peltonen - Biography & Autobiography - 1996 - 406 pages
...words than matter; and more after the choiceness of the phrase, and the round and clean compositon of the sentence, and the sweet falling of the clauses,...argument, life of invention, or depth of judgment. (Ill, 283) Those five concluding clauses not only sum up Bacon's view of a writer's proper priorities,...
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Words That Matter: Linguistic Perception in Renaissance English

Judith H. Anderson - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1996 - 372 pages
...The Advancement of Learning, Bacon distinguishes between copious words and "weight," more exactly, "the weight of matter, worth of subject, soundness...argument, life of invention, or depth of judgment." His association of weight with matter, as distinct from worthy subject, accentuates his association...
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Sprache und Sprachen in den Wissenschaften: Geschichte und Gegenwart ...

Walter de Gruyter & Co - Education - 1999 - 762 pages
...vielfach bei Bacon vorgeprägt, z. B. wenn er (in einer viel zitierten Textstelle) beklagte, [...] for men began to hunt more after words than matter;...soundness of argument, life of invention, or depth of judgement (Bacon, III, 283.) Die von Sprat gewählten Formulierungen über „Their Manner of Discourse"...
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The Major Works

Francis Bacon - English essays - 2002 - 868 pages
...the round and clean composition of the sentence, and the sweet falling of the clauses, and the vaning and illustration of their works with tropes and figures...argument, life of invention, or depth of judgment. (below, p. 139; my italics) There the two clauses in parallel, structured on a 'more x than y' pattern,...
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Success and How to Attain It

Andrew Carnegie - Self-Help - 2004 - 449 pages
...phrase and the round and clean composition of the sentence, and the sweet fulling of the clauses, , , . than after the weight of matter, worth of subject,...argument, life of invention or depth of Judgment" The literary purists of the Renaissance were inevitably impatient of men who were preoccupied with...
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Upstart Talents: Rhetoric and the Career of Reason in English Romantic ...

James Mulvihill - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 300 pages
...and clean composition of sentence; sweet falling of the clause; varying an illustration by figures; weight of matter; worth of subject; soundness of argument; life of invention; depth of judgment" [PL 26]), while others concern matters of argumentative proof ("Three rules of probability:—what...
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Renaissance Go-betweens: Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Europe

Andreas Höfele, Werner von Koppenfels - History - 2005 - 312 pages
...Ciceronianism as the first vanity in learning, 'for men began to hunt more after words than matter; more after the choiceness of the phrase, and the round...soundness of argument, life of invention or depth of judgment.18 Montaigne, who deplores bombast,19 praises Seneca for his 'plaine, unaffected' manner;...
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Writing for Science

Robert Goldbort - Science - 2006 - 344 pages
...out a new and bold scientific enterprise, Bacon also chastised those who "hunt more after words . . . than after the weight of matter, worth of subject,...argument, life of invention, or depth of judgment." With the rise of modern science, the dominance of the old attitude of taking pleasure in linguistic...
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Renaissance Figures of Speech

Sylvia Adamson, Gavin Alexander, Katrin Ettenhuber - History - 2007 - 238 pages
...rhetoricians, which has led to misplaced priorities: Men began to hunt more after words than matter; more after the choiceness of the phrase, and the round...soundness of argument, life of invention, or depth of judgment.1 6 The faulting of 'round and clean composition of the sentence' may leave the reader momentarily...
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