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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Friday, May 24, 2013

Compare two possible blurbs on books of poetry: one says: “This book is a typical example of the excellent poetry of contemporary Spain.” The other says, “X is an exceptional figure in the desolate landscape of modern Spain.” Which is more rhetorically effective? Why?

2 comments:

Vance Maverick said...

Well, just one of them states a reason to buy the book in hand rather than another. Not sure if that's what you're thinking of, though.

Jonathan said...

Right. I was getting to the idea that exceptionality makes things more attractive. That particular rhetoric.What if every book has the blurb of exceptionality. Then they become mutually contradictory.