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La Importancia de la pronuntiatio en la Retórica eclesiástica (1576) de Fray Luis De Granada

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This chapter discusses some aspects of Christian homiletics that Fray Luis de Granada considered essential. In his Retórica eclesiástica (1576), he tried to adapt the norms of classical rhetoric to sermons preached in the pulpit. In his opinion, the emotional and the pleasing, rather than the intellectual, are more apt to influence the ordinary public whom sermons address. Therefore, he emphasizes the importance of techniques that are able to provide delight and to arouse the feelings of the intended audience, techniques basically related to elocutio and actio or pronuntiatio. Fray Luis undertakes to set forth the necessary way to deliver the different kinds of "figures of diction" (elocutionis figurae).

Keywords: figures of diction; Fray Luis de Granada; Retórica eclesiástica



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