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" MOVEMENT.” The application of “ time” to speech, includes, in addition to points already discussed, the consideration of the rate of voice in successive sounds, sometimes regulated by the predominating “ quantities” of a passage, whether these be long, as in the solemn and slow utterance of indefinite” syllables, or short, as in the brisk and rapid utterance of “immutable” syllables. “Movement,” however, has its primary foundation on emotion ; and although, in poetry, the “ quantities are often beautifully adapted, by the poet's natural ear and prosodial skill, to the expression of emotion, they are not uniformly so; and in prose, – which exhibits the effect of " ment” as distinctly as poetry, — less regard is usually paid to the effect of mere quantity.” “ Movement,” therefore, requires a distinct attention, as a separate element of expression in the voice, and of effect in elocution.
The term movement,” for which the word "rate" is sometimes substituted, has the same application in elocution as in music; and while “ quantity” regards single sounds as long or short, “movement” regards successive or consecutive sounds as fast or slow. It unites, too, with “quantity” in regulating the length of pauses; as we find that slow ment,” as well as long " quantity," requires long pauses; and that brisk, or rapid “movement," and brief "quantity," equally require short pauses.
Movement,” in elocution, is not measured with the comparative exactness implied in the musical terms, adagio, andante, mezzo, vivace, allegro, presto, &c. It approaches, however, to a considerable degree of definiteness in its use of the designations “slowest,” or “very slow;" "slow;" “ moderate;" “ lively;" “ brisk,” or “ quick;" and “ rapid," “ quickest,” or “very quick.”
The “slowest,” or “very slow movement,” is exemplified in the expression of the deepest emotions of the soul; as horror, awe, profound reverence and solemnity, and adoration.
- The “slow movement” characterizes the utterance of gloom, melancholy, grief, pathos, sublimity, solemnity and reverence, in their usual form, profound repose, grandeur, majesty, vastness, power, and splendor. .“ Moderate movement” is the usual rate of utterance in unimpassioned language. It belongs to common narration and description, and
to didactic thought. The rhetorical modes of style to which it is applicable, are those which are denominated the “ dry," the “plain,” and the “ neat.”. Lively movement” implies emotion in that gentle form which does not exceed liveliness, or animation. The lower degrees of all vivid feeling, are expressed by this style of “movement.” A slight degree of joy is usually the under current of its effect. -"Quick" or “ brisk movement,” is characteristic of gay, exhilarated, and glad emotion : the full feeling of joy is implied in its “ pression.” It gives utterance to all playful, humorous, and mirthful moods. It sometimes, on the other hand, gives its characteristic effect to fear.— The “movement” designated as “ quickest,” “very quick,” or “rapid,” is that of haste, hurry, alarm, confusion, and fear, when rising to terror.
It is evident from the very nature of “ movement,” that it must be an element of immense power, in expression. The funeral march suggests to the ear its effect, in music, as associated with awe, gloom, and grief; and the music of the dance reminds us of its power over the feelings of gladness and exhilaration. The grave psalm, and the song of serious sentiment, express, in their measured regularity, the adaptation of gentle and “ moderate movement ” to tranquil and sedate feeling:
Similar effects, in degree, characterize the use of the voice, in recitation and in reading. Appropriate elocution accommodates the movement of the voice to every mood of thought, — from the slowest, prolonged, and lingering utterance of deep contemplation, and profound awe, to the swift and rapid strains of lyric rapture and ecstasy, Every mood of mind has its appropriate“ movement,” or “ rate” of utterance, as definitely expressed as its " quality" of voice, its characteristic “ force," or its peculiar “ pitch,” - slide," or Utterance, to be natural and effective, must have the genuine expression of its appropriate 6 movement. Solemnity cannot exist, to the ear, without slowness, nor gaiety without briskness of utterance, gravity without sedate style, nor animation without a lively ment.
The power of " movement,” in the elocution of a skilful reader oi speaker, is indefinite; as we may observe in the difference between a schoolboy gabbling through his task, in haste to get rid of it, and a great tragedian, whose whole soul is rapt in the part of Cato uttering the soliloquy on immortality, or Hamlet musing on the great themes of duty, life, and death. A command over the “lively” and “brisk movements
" of the voice, is not less important than the power of slow and solemn utterance. The style of reading which is most frequently introduced to enliven the evening circle at home, requires of the reader
the power to “ trip it as he goes,” in the mood of gay description, light satire, vivid dialogue, and droll humor.
The three principal faults of " movement,” which are exemplified in the common practice of reading, are uniform slowness, or, perhaps, a drawling style ; habitual rapidity, which prevents all deep and impressive effect, and, perhaps, causes indistinctness of enunciation; a uniform “ moderate : “ movement," which never yields to any natural influence of emotion, as to become appropriately expressive, and pass from grave to gay, or the reverse, by a change in the gait of the voice, – but utters, automaton-like, all feelings in the same unmeaning and mechanical style; the voice marching on, with one uniform measured step, over all varieties of surface, as regards the tenor of language and the subject.
The following examples of " movement” should be assiduously practised, in conjunction with the elements and with tables of words, selected as exercises for this purpose, from the chapter on enunciation. The repetition of such exercises should be continued till the student can execute with perfect precision, and with the utmost readiness, all the movements” enumerated in the classification.
EXAMPLES of “MOVEMENT.”
1.- Slowest Movement."
Amazement, Awe, and Horror.
[From Byron's DREAM OF DARKNESS.) f" Aspirated pectoral quality :” “Suppressed” force : “Median
stress :” “ Lowest pitch :" Prevalent “ monotone :” Extremely long pauses.)
“ I had a dream which was not all a dream.
« The world was void :
They slept on the abyss without a surge ;-
2.-Profound Reverence, Solemnity, and Adoration.
[DERZHAVIN's Hymn.] - Bowring. (“ Effusive and expulsive orotund :” “ Pectoral quality :" “ Sub
dued” force : 66 Median stress :" “ Low pitch :” Prevalent 66 downward slide,” occasional “monotone :" Pauses extremely long.)
“ Thou from primeval nothingness didst call
II. -"Slow Movement."
[FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS.) (“ Effusive orotund quality :" “ Subdued” force : “ Median stress :" 6 Low pitch :” Prevalent “ downward slide :” Long pauses.)
“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth! who hast set Thy glory above the heavens.
“When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers; the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; what is man that Thou art mindful of him ? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?
For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest
him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands: Thou hast put all things under his feet.
"O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth!”
2.- Sublimity, Majesty, and Power. [From David's Psalm OF PRAISE, ON HIS DELIVERANCE FROM
ENEMIES.] (“: Expulsive orotund :” “ Impassioned” force : “Radical and Me
dian stress :'! “ Low pitch :” Prevalent“ downward slide,” occasional “ monotone:” Long pauses.)
" Then the earth shook and trembled: the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils; and fire out of his mouth devoured : •coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens, also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet; and he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; and he was seen upon the wings of the wind; and he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies. The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered his voice; and he sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them. And the channels of the sea appeared; the foundations of the world were discovered at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.”
3. — Splendor. [THE PALACE OF PANDEMONIUM.]-Milton. (“Effusive and expulsive orotund :” “ Moderate " force : “Median
stress :'! “ Low pitch :” Prevalent “monotone:" Pauses of moderate length.)
“ Anon out of the earth a fabric huge