15 June 2007


per·o·ra·tion [per-uh-rey-shuhn], noun
1. a long speech characterized by lofty and often pompous language.
2. Rhetoric. the concluding part of a speech or discourse, in which the speaker or writer recapitulates the principal points and urges them with greater earnestness and force.

[from Latin perorationem (nom. peroratio) "the ending of a speech or argument of a case," from peroratus, pp. of perorare "argue a case to the end, bring a speech to a close," from per- "to the end" + orare "to speak, plead"]

"[Robert] Olsen's small quiet painting, a wry observation on the misguided and futile efforts of the public works department, is in fact a sonorous peroration." ~ Jacques de Beaufort


Jacques de Beaufort said...

hey man
thanks fro the link..etc.!
I'll be sure to return the compliment!

Helquin said...

Ah, thanks -- but please don't feel any obligation to reciprocate. I haven't posted any original content on Blogspot since 2003. This poor excuse for a blog is more or less just a placeholder, to keep the "Helquin" name from being appropriated by goth grrls. :-))