Wilson, Douglas, and Nathan D. Wilson. The Rhetoric Companion: A Student's Guide to Power in Persuasion. Moscow, Idaho: Canon, 2011.
Lesson 3, “Basic Copiousness” pp. 23-27
In this lesson, Wilson defines “copiousness.” In terms of rhetoric he considers this to be the possession of material which will fill out our rhetoric. He strongly recommends students gather “quotations, phrases, and poems to aid the flow of your own copiousness and to influence your own voice” (Wilson 2011, 23). In terms of a commonplace book, excerpts may be longer than the “commonplace” which would indicate a brief proverb which might become a cliche. Speaking in negative terms of pop culture, Wilson makes seven recommendations about “achieving copiousness” (Ibid., 24). He strongly suggests reading the Bible (King James Version), other good books, many books, dictionaries, reading aloud, marking or recording useful items, and consciously using what is learned. Ongoing work with words and with communication elements pulled from the best of sources will enable the speaker to leave an audience wanting more, not wishing they had heard less.