Yale University Press, 2008 - 199 páginas
On Eloquence questions the common assumption that eloquence is merely a subset of rhetoric, a means toward a rhetorical end. Denis Donoghue, an eminent and prolific critic of the English language, holds that this assumption is erroneous. While rhetoric is the use of language to persuade people to do one thing rather than another, Donoghue maintains that eloquence is “gratuitous, ideally autonomous, in speech and writing an upsurge of creative vitality for its own sake.” He offers many instances of eloquence in words, and suggests the forms our appreciation of them should take.
Donoghue argues persuasively that eloquence matters, that we should indeed care about it. “Because we should care about any instances of freedom, independence, creative force, sprezzatura,” he says, “especially when we live—perhaps this is increasingly the case—in a culture of the same, featuring official attitudes, stereotypes of the officially enforced values, sedated language, a politics of pacification.” A noteworthy addition to Donoghue’s long-term project to reclaim a disinterested appreciation of literature as literature, this volume is a wise and pleasurable meditation on eloquence, its unique ability to move or give pleasure, and its intrinsic value.
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But writers are constantly complaining about their means ; like Eliot ' s Sweeney
saying “ But I ' ve gotta use words when I talk to you . ” They seem to yearn to
have a different kind of genius and a different instrument . I ' m not thinking of ...
This is much the same idea as Eliot ' s , but it leads to the opposite conclusion :
one is not required to die of infinitude . We are supposed to read Eliot ' s
sentence as issuing from the novelist ' s sense of horror at the frequency of
marital woe ...
T . S . Eliot said that “ the really fine rhetoric of Shakespeare occurs in situations
where a character in the play sees himself in a dramatic light , " citing examples
from Othello , Coriolanus , and Timon of Athens . ' There is no light more dramatic
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Donoghue (English, NYU; Speaking of Beauty) has fashioned a well-written and engaging exploration of eloquence in literature. He defines eloquence and the role it plays in culture as follows: "The ... Leer comentario completo
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