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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... and delicious word death , And again death , death , death , death , Hissing
melodious , neither like the bird nor like my arous ' d child ' s heart , But edging
near as privately for me rustling at my feet , Creeping thence steadily up to my
As in music , there are motifs , three in particular , “ death , ” “ song , ” and “ word .
” Reading the passage with students , I ' d try to indicate the kind of attention one
might pay to the last line and the various forms of the verb to whisper . In the first ...
He can say nothing more and will do nothing more if God , if the Other , continues
to lead him towards death , to the death that is offered as a gift . And Bartleby ' s “ I
would prefer not to ” is also a sacrificial passion that will lead him to death , a ...
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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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