Type: Rhetorical Essays
Sample donated: Ruby Steele
Last updated: December 24, 2019
The humanvoice is the organ of the soul” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, an American poetand educator). “Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of whoyou are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shapedsentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of yourmind, your heart, your soul” (Meg Rosoff, an American writer). “Words mean morethan what is set down on paper.
It takes the human voice to infuse them withdeeper meaning” (Maya Angelou, an American author). There have been end number of observationsfrom authors, speaker, musicians and above all the “perceptive” people on the’tenor’ and ‘timber’ of voice, a prerequisite in powerful leadership whetherpolitical, social or economic. Normally voice culture in India is limited tothe field of music (‘Prathma sur saadhe'(first master the notes), ‘sur na sajekya gaaun main’ (how should I sing- my notes are out of tune). However, inwestern countries voice (speech) culture is equally popular in the day to dayprofessional communication as it is popular in music.
In fact ‘languageconsciousness’ in the under-developed countries severely lacks not only at theparenting level but at the level of schools and college also. Whether it is ourmother tongue or an international language such as English, there is a veryconfused approach on the articulation of vowels, consonants, stress, intonationand the overall delivery of the speech communication. Many a time thesepara-linguistic features are pedagogically learnt but then there is a hugedeficiency of the rhetorical applications, ornamentations and dramatics thatdelicately conditions the voice delivery. Communication is to be taken as amedium akin to arts.
An artistic communication that stands parallel to any professionallydirected movie or documentary has a far reaching effect on the mind of thelistener and that in fact generates the required feedback, which is the aim ofan effective communication.The power point presentation ofthis paper is elaborated by various pieces of arts and media including film andmusic to arrive at a conclusion that an ‘untreated’ voice can be evaluated andmeasured and then cultivated towards a desired effect. The Paper would touch upon thefollowing points:· TheCivilizational Identities and its relation to Voice· Realizingthe worth of voice· Illustrationsof dialogue delivery through various types of media (movie clips)· Highlightingthe classical cultures that had space for voice culture· Musicas means of Voice Culture· Readingtexts aloud as means of voice culture