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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the seal ' s wide spindrift gaze toward paradise . ” “ The troubled midnight and the
noon ' s repose . ” “ In the mountains , there you feel free . ” “ Cover her face ;
mine eyes dazzle ; she died young . ” “ And sweet reluctant amorous delay .
She turns away , fixes her eyes on the ground : her expression never changes ,
as if her eyes were made of fint or Marpesian marble . Without any emotion she
walks away to the shadowy grove where her former husband Sychaeus will ...
phantom will seem to rule the house . The grace of shapely statues is hateful to
the husband , and when the eyes are starved , all charm of love is gone . 14
Woolf doesn ' t say what she takes Aeschylus to mean by “ when the eyes are
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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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