Examples on the Theory: Sublimity Examples on the Theory: Sublimity Alexandra Gill11/17/161
Examples on the Theory: Sublimity The theory known as sublimity was created by a man name Cassius Longinus, one of the classical theorists, and I did research on how orators use it to develop great speeches. In this paper, I will explain a more in-depth research of this theory. According to Longinus’s poem, “It was found that sublime is the writer’s gifts to lift any audience with great skill, training, and self-discipline. Sublime is a classical literacy used as a grandeur of thought and vivid portrayal of passion. To achieve the elements of sublimity, the writer must achieve great diction, appropriate use of figure of speech, metaphors, and empty emotionalism” (Longinus, 2009). For example, a speaker has to have overcome great skill to train before an audience. A speaker also has to have great thought and has to be very passionate about their craft. Longinus goes on to identify five elements of the sublime: “1) the power of forming great conceptions; 2) vehement and inspired passion; 3) the due formation of figures; 4) noble diction; and 5) dignified and elevated composition” (Longinus, 2009). To begin, I want to introduce a few contemporary orators from the past to the present that I will be examining throughout this paper: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was a Baptist minister and a social activist who lead the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Also, envision Maya Angelou who was a poet, an award-winning author who wrote I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings, and she was a civil rights activist. Lastly, Malcolm X his mother was a homemaker and his father was an out spoken Baptist minister, and an avid supporter of Black Nationalist. According to Longinus, “He recognizes great art by the presence of great ideas; greatideas, in turn, are conceived of by great men: it is not possible that men with mean and servile ideas and aims prevailing throughout their lives should produce anything that is admirable and worthy of immortality. Great accents we expect to fall from the lips of those whose thoughts are deep and grave (Bryson, 2014, pg. 1)”. There are many applications of the theory sublime and how it is used in contemporary speeches.