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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where I shall explore the exactitude of the Latin language , and step firmly upon
the well - laid sentences , and pronounce the explicit , the sonorous hexameters
of Virgil , of Lucretius , and chant with a passion that is never obscure or formless
Two stanzas later he brings the reverberant Latin to an end with a strict
vernacular : Great lovers lie in Hell , the stubborn ones Infatuate of the flesh upon
the bones ; Stuprate , they rend each other when they kiss , The pieces kiss again
, no ...
These questions are pondered in Latin because Latin is wiser than the
vernacular languages in the apprehension of spiritual experience . It may be
suggested that the point is invalidated by the De Vulgari Eloquentiae , because
there Dante ...
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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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