Exclamation: More than an interjection

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Exclamation: More than an interjection

From English Composition and Rhetoric, by Alexander Bain;  English Composition by W. Davidson; Practical Rhetoric, by Albert Raub:

Exclamation (Latin exclamo, ‘I cry out’) is a figure by which a statement is made in an abrupt and inverted form:
What rejoicing there was!

I. A plain or simple fact is uttered with emotion.

What a wit you are!
A proper exclamation usually consists of words with meaning.


II. The structure of an exclamation gives it force.

A. An exclamation may be abrupt.


B. It may be inverted.

How oddly will it sound if I must praise where I have censured! (It will sound oddly...)

C. It may be elliptical.

 What a quiet life! (is ours)


III. An interjection is a kind of exclamation.

Interjections are not figurative language, yet they are all exclamations. Exclamation is a figure only when what would otherwise be a plain declarative statement is expressed in an exclamatory and emotional form. Most interjections have no meaning except as indicating sudden emotion.

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