COMPOSITION AND THE STRUCTURE OF SENTENCES.
WITH REMARKS ON POINTS OF STYLE
Composition is the art of expressing thought by means of written language. Language consists of an immense
number of groups of articulate sounds or words, which are represented to the eye by means of combinations of signs called letters. Words are the representatives of ideas, and when grouped together in the proper manner form sentences, expressing our thoughts and feelings.
The first thing that the composer has to do is to find his topic ; the next is to make up his mind what he is going to say about it ; he then proceeds to choose the proper language for conveying his meaning, the right names for the things he wishes to write about. All vulgarisms and slang expressions should be studiously avoided, and the writer should seek neither to resuscitate obsolete or forgotten terms, nor to coin new ones. He must use words in their recognised applications, without attempting to extend or to contract their meanings.
THE LETTER-WRITER'S VADE-MECUM.
EDITED BY R. D. BLACKMAN