The Five Canons of Rhetoric, Part 1: Podcast Episode 236

Sep 10, 2020 | Posted by the IEW Blog Team


Unfortunately viewed by some people in the modern world with distaste, rhetoric has deep roots that extend all the way back to the ancients. But at its essence, rhetoric simply means “the art of persuasion.” Being able to study rhetoric and employ it in good and worthy objectives are noble pursuits. In podcast Episode 236, Andrew and Julie spend time discussing, describing, and defining the five canons of rhetoric: invention, arrangement, elocution, memory, and delivery.

To hear how these five canons apply to writing as well as speaking in the modern world, listen to the podcast, which is the first of a two-part series exploring the topic. During this first episode, not only does Andrew describe the five canons, he delves a little deeper into the first canon of invention, sharing some approaches to the sometimes daunting prospect of answering the question: What shall I write about?

Be sure to also tune in to next week’s episode when Andrew and Julie will continue the conversation and look more closely at the remaining canons, picking up the thread with a deeper discussion about arrangement.

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