ERIC Number: ED215374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Persuasion vs. Oratory: Is It Time to Resurrect the Speech to Stimulate?
Samosky, Jack A.; Baird, John E.
The teacher-coach involved in a contemporary speech tournament rarely, if ever, hears eloquent speeches. The forensic vigor of oratory may be restored through a form of address called the speech to stimulate or the epideictic oratory. Such speeches may include declamatory speeches, speeches of praise (or blame), or speeches for special occasions. American history is replete with such speaking. While the noble tradition of epideictic oratory is recognized in a number of tournaments, the student who wished to use such a speech in competition this year would have found the opportunities severely limited. While a speech to stimulate might be included in the persuasive or oratorical category, such examples are rare. As a separate and distinct event, the speech to stimulate does not exist in national tournaments. As a testimonial, sermon, or political speech, the speech to stimulate does have practical value; it also offers a unique opportunity for exalted speech. Unfortunately, the very idea of beauty in style seems almost out of place in speech events that might incorporate the speech to stimulate. Just as forensics educators have separated the various forms of expository speaking, so too should they separate the forms of the speech to stimulate. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Denver, CO, February 19-23, 1982).