AN ANALYSIS OF 'ON THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS' BY LAJOS KOSSUTH
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Lajos Kossuth (1802-1894) was a statesman, a politician, a lawyer, a journalist and editor, a writer, and an orator, all in one. Writing and speaking in public were inseparable activities in his life. He wrote a lot, but only part of his writings were converted into speeches, and his speeches have not always been recorded or subsisted in writing. However, given that most of his public speeches had been written beforehand (in full or in their main outlines), they continue to be available for us. The present paper analyses his 1832 speech on the freedom of the press in terms of its communicative, rhetorical and stylistic aspects. Kossuth was familiar with, and keen on using, figurativity and stylistic devices, the means of making an impression, musicality, etc. As a stylist, he respected old devices, but he also created new ones. Although he often drew upon writings by his predecessors or contemporaries, his suggestive personality always transpired and made itself obvious in his writings.
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