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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Blackmur does not press as hard for eloquence on the country of the blue ” as he
does on George Eliot ' s “ roar on the other side of silence ” and Augustine ' s “
agile with temporal intervals . ” He doesn ' t need to . Up to a point , the meaning
18 But that does not make the work or the workplace blue . Presumably the
country of the blue is the place in which the creative imagination finds itself not
thwarted or humiliated but free . Sometimes it is given a specific and congenial
lem to replace the old one — by urging writers to “ give up the blue things of this
world in favor of the words which say them , ” whereupon we are back not with
blue pencils but with the words “ blue pencils ” and so forth to other words .
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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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