Practice elocution, poise and how to attain it

Tea Addict

Senior Member
Republic of Korea Korean
Hello everyone. I would like to know what "Practice elocution, poise and how to attain it" means in the following sentences:

On the last fly-leaf was printed the word Schedule, and the date September 12, 1906, and underneath:

Rise from bed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.00 a.m.
Dumbbell exercise and wall-scaling. . . . . . . . . . . . 6.15-6.30 ”
Study electricity, etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.15-8.15 ”
Work. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.30-4.30 p.m.
Baseball and sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.30-5.00 ”
Practice elocution, poise and how to attain it . 5.00-6.00 ”
Study needed inventions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7.00-9.00 ”

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter 9

After Gatsby was dead, his father came to his house and showed the narrator Nick the schedule which his son had when he was a boy.

In this part, I could not grasp what was "it". And I also couldn't understand what "practicing" how to attain it meant.
I would very much appreciate your help. :)
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    There are two things here:
    1. Practice elocution = do speaking exercises
    2. Poise and how to attain it = (practice) poise, relaxation, self-confidence and (practice) how to attain poise.
     

    Tea Addict

    Senior Member
    Republic of Korea Korean
    Dear Keith Bradford,

    Thank you very much for the clear explanation.
    So "it" indicated poise, and the phrase meant 'do speaking exercises, poise exercises and practice the way to learn the poise.'
    I sincerely appreciate your help. :)
     

    Tea Addict

    Senior Member
    Republic of Korea Korean
    Dear Keith Bradford,

    Thank you so much for letting me know.
    I was pondering over the phrase for ages.
     
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