Examples on the Theory: SublimityExamples on the Theory: SublimityAlexandra Gill11/17/161
Examples on the Theory: SublimityThe theory known as sublimity was created by a man name Cassius Longinus, one of theclassical theorists, and I did research on how orators use it to develop great speeches. In thispaper, I will explain a more in-depth research of this theory. According to Longinus’s poem, “Itwas 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 ofpassion. To achieve the elements of sublimity, the writer must achieve great diction, appropriateuse of figure of speech, metaphors, and empty emotionalism” (Longinus, 2009). For example, aspeaker has to have overcome great skill to train before an audience. A speaker also has to havegreat thought and has to be very passionate about their craft. Longinus goes on to identify fiveelements of the sublime: “1) the power of forming great conceptions; 2) vehement and inspiredpassion; 3) the due formation of figures; 4) noble diction; and 5) dignified and elevatedcomposition” (Longinus, 2009). To begin, I want to introduce a few contemporary orators fromthe 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 wroteI Know Whya Caged Bird Sings, and she was a civil rights activist. Lastly, Malcolm X his mother was ahomemaker and his father was an out spoken Baptist minister, and an avid supporter of BlackNationalist. 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 servileideas and aims prevailing throughout their lives should produce anything that is admirable andworthy of immortality. Great accents we expect to fall from the lips of those whose thoughts aredeep and grave (Bryson, 2014, pg. 1)”. There are many applications of the theory sublime andhow it is used in contemporary speeches.