Re: rhetoric as the open hand

Bill Lantry (wlantry@OWL.ENGL.SRU.EDU)
Sat, 24 Aug 1996 19:34:20 -0400

>Finally, to my question. In a renaissance humanist rhetoric class
>about 10 years ago, the prof mentioned an analogy that has stuck
>with me, but I can't locate its source. This is the analogy of
>rhetoric as the open hand, and logic as the closed fist.

This is Zeno, but I remember it differently: A kind of rhetoric
of the open hand, another as a closed fist. unless I disremember,
it's just a fragment, and open to interpretation. But I use it
most semesters in 101, usually when talking about essays like
Walker's 'Am I Blue'.