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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When someone asked him why Livy , reporting that some general had pitched his
camp , sometimes wrote “ castra posuit " and sometimes “ posuit castra , ” he
smiled the question aside . It hadn ' t yet struck me that Caesar always wrote ...
He was evidently pleased to be asked to explain further the interrogative forms
ne , nonne , and utrum , the difference between subjective and objective
genitives , and why in Latin but not in English the main verb was so often held
back to the ...
He asked me whether I was happily settled in my post as an administrative officer
in the Civil Service . When I told him that I did not regard myself as especially
qualified for the Civil Service , he offered me a job as an assistant lecturer in his ...
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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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