The Five Canons of Rhetoric, Part 2: Podcast Episode 237

Sep 16, 2020 | Posted by the IEW Blog Team


Picking up from where they left off last week, Andrew and Julie continue their discussion about rhetoric. At the end of last week’s podcast, Andrew had delved a bit deeper into the first canon: invention. In podcast Episode 237, he continues to expand on the remaining four: arrangement, elocution, memory, and delivery.

In both writing and speaking, once you have determined what you want to address and have sourced the information you need in order to present it, i.e., the canon of invention, you next need to address the information’s arrangement. To do so, you must first answer two questions:

  1. What are my goals?

  2. What is the best way to present this in order to accomplish my goals?

Answering these questions will affect how you address the remaining canons of rhetoric. While these concepts were described by Cicero more than two thousand years ago, they remain relevant to this day. To see how you can help your students harness the five canons in their own writing and speaking, be sure to listen to both episodes.

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