Word Hero

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Word Hero

Word Hero

A Fiendishly Clever Guide to Crafting the Lines that Get Laughs, Go Viral, and Live Forever

  • Author: Jay Heinrichs
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press
  • ISBN: 0307716376
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 352
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Yes, it’s true: you can learn how to be a verbal wizard! Ever hear someone utter an unforgettable phrase and feel yourself reacting with with…well, awe? Ever read a great quote and think I could never come up with anything that clever? Daunting as it may seem, there’s nothing mystical about witcraft. Crafting memorable lines doesn’t require DNA-encoded brilliance. What it does require is some knowledge of the tricks and techniques that make words stick. In Word Hero, Jay Heinrichs rescues the how-to of verbal artistry from cobwebbed textbooks and makes it entirely fresh– even a little mischievous. Fear not: on offer here are not dry, abstract ideas couched in academic jargon. Rather, Heinrichs takes you on an amusing – and amazingly helpful – tour of the mechanisms that make powerful language work. You’ll learn how to slyly plant your words in people’s heads and draw indelible verbal pictures by employing such tools as “crashing symbols,” “rapid repeaters,” “Russian Dolls” and even the powers of Mr. Potato Head. With those tools and others tucked in your utility belt, you might not immediately achieve “wordsmith immortality” but you will become a better speaker, writer, and raconteur…and long after people have forgotten everything else, they’ll remember your priceless lines.

The Germanic Hero

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The Germanic Hero

The Germanic Hero

Politics and Pragmatism in Early Medieval Poetry

  • Author: Brian Murdoch
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1441174656
  • Category: History
  • Page: 188
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In this study, the author looks at the role the warrior-hero plays within a set of predetermined political and social constraints. The hero if not a sword-wielding barbarian, bent only upon establishing his own fame; such fame-seekers (including some famous medieval literary figures) might even fall outside the definition of the Germanic hero, the real value of whose deeds are given meaning only within the political construct. Individual prowess is not enough. The hero must conquer the blows of fate because he is committed to the conquest of chaos, and over all to the need for social stability. Even the warrior-hero's concern with his reputation is usually expressed negatively: that the wrong songs are not sung about him. The author discusses works in Old English, Old and Middle High German, Old Norse, Latin and Old French, deliberately going beyond what is normally thought of as "heroic poetry" to include the German so-called "minstrel epic" and a work by a writer who is normally classified as a late medieval chivalric poet, Konrad von Wurzburg, the comparison of which with "Beowulf" allows us to span half a millennium.

Faulks on Fiction (Includes 3 Vintage Classics): Great British Heroes and the Secret Life of the Novel

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Faulks on Fiction (Includes 3 Vintage Classics): Great British Heroes and the Secret Life of the Novel

Faulks on Fiction (Includes 3 Vintage Classics): Great British Heroes and the Secret Life of the Novel

  • Author: Sebastian Faulks
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1446416267
  • Category: History
  • Page: 400
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The publication of Robinson Crusoe in London in 1719 marked the arrival of a revolutionary art form: the novel. British writers were prominent in shaping the new type of storytelling - one which reflected the experiences of ordinary people, with characters in whom readers could find not only an escape, but a deeper understanding of their own lives. But the novel was more than just a reflection of British life. As Sebastian Faulks explains in this engaging literary and social history, it also helped invent the British. By focusing not on writers but on the people they gave us, Faulks not only celebrates the recently neglected act of novelistic creation baplaudsut shows how the most enduring fictional characters over the centuries have helped map the British psyche. In this ebook, Sebastian celebrates the greatest heroes in fiction - from Tom Jones to Sherlock Holmes. Also included are three classic novels: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe: The legendary story of a shipwreck on a desert island. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray: The story of a young woman's spectacular rise and fall as she gambles, manipulates and seduces her way through high society and the Napoleonic wars. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes' most famous case as he uncovers the truth behind the terrifying legend of a supernatural hound which preys upon the cursed Baskerville family.

The Epic Hero

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The Epic Hero

The Epic Hero

  • Author: Dean A. Miller
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 080187792X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 520
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The Epic Hero provides a comprehensive and provocative guide to epic heroes, and to the richly imaginative tales they inhabit.

Heroes and Heroism in German Culture

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Heroes and Heroism in German Culture

Heroes and Heroism in German Culture

Essays in Honor of Jost Hermand, April 2000

  • Author: Stephen Brockmann,James D. Steakley
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • ISBN: 9789042014565
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 259
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As Brecht's Galileo observed, a country which needs heroes is unfortunate indeed – words which suggest that a society's need for heroes is always a function of its shortcomings. By examining the role that heroes and heroism have played in German literature and culture over the past two centuries, the essays in this volume illuminate and contour both a flawed German society in need of heroes and the flawed but essential heroes brought forth by that society. Beginning in he era of the anti-Napoleontic Wars of Liberation, advancing to the challenging situation Germany faced at the end of World War II, and concluding with the current reemergence of a unified Germany after almost half a century of division, this volume broadens our understanding of the inadequacies and breakdowns of German society. In addition to analyses of heroism in German culture during the last two centuries, this volume contains the first major essays in English on cultural representations of disability in German culture and on AIDS in German literature, as well as two essays on the scholarly accomplishments of Jost Hermand, to whom all of the essays in the volume are dedicated.

MediaSport

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MediaSport

MediaSport

  • Author: Lawrence Wenner
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134826036
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 352
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MediaSport is a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which sport and the media interact. It is written by leading experts from around the world in the field of sports studies, sports journalism and leisure studies. Among the subjects covered are: * sports ethics * sport and race * sport and gender * sport and violence on television * the globalization of sports * marketing sports on the Internet.

The R.I. Schoolmaster

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The R.I. Schoolmaster

The R.I. Schoolmaster

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Education
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The Great Blame Game Escape

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The Great Blame Game Escape

The Great Blame Game Escape

Breaking Free from Victimhood and Claiming Your Independence with Personal Responsibility

  • Author: Joseph E. Mcguire
  • Publisher: Joseph E McGuire
  • ISBN: 1461184940
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 60
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The biggest problem with productivity in any organization or your own personal life is self-victimization. Have we lost all sense of personal responsibility in our society? Do you or others in your organization play "the blame game" like so many others? The Great Blame Game Escape examines how crazy we have become with shirking responsibility and acting like victims. Reclaim your life and independence through the empowerment of personal responsibility and laugh along the way. It's a fun and inspiring look at how we can all change for the better.

New Heroes in Antiquity

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New Heroes in Antiquity

New Heroes in Antiquity

From Achilles to Antinoos

  • Author: Christopher P. Jones,George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics and of History Emeritus Christopher P Jones
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674035867
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 123
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Heroes and heroines in antiquity inhabited a space somewhere between gods and humans. In this detailed, yet brilliantly wide-ranging analysis, Christopher Jones starts from literary heroes such as Achilles and moves to the historical record of those exceptional men and women who were worshiped after death. This book, wholly new and beautifully written, rescues the hero from literary metaphor and vividly restores heroism to the reality of ancient life.

The Sanskrit Hero

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The Sanskrit Hero

The Sanskrit Hero

Karṇa in Epic Mahābhārata

  • Author: Kevin McGrath
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9004137297
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 260
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At the hand of the hero Karna this book offers a model for 'heroic religion', having to a large extent shaped not only the Indic epics, but also cognate Indo-European epics, such as Homer's Iliad.