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Vernacular EloquenceWhat Speech Can Bring to Writing$
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Peter Elbow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199782505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782505.001.0001

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The Need for Care

The Need for Care

Easy Speaking onto the Page Is Never Enough

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Vernacular Eloquence

Peter Elbow

Oxford University Press

This chapter emphasizes the need for care in speaking onto the page. It begins with an overview of the tradition of care and the doctrine of eternal vigilance before turning to a discussion of why care is essential to speaking onto the page. It then considers two ways to harness care for creating coherence: the use of collage form and the skeleton process. In particular, it explains how the skeleton process can be used to build a coherent, well-organized essay from disorganized exploratory writing. The chapter also shows how to apply care and planning to the process of writing and concludes with an example of a collage from the July 5, 1982 issue of The New Yorker.

Keywords:   care, speaking onto the page, eternal vigilance, coherence, collage, skeleton process, essay, writing, The New Yorker

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