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 heavenly nourishment ( bread and flesh at once ) has put an end to " figures .
” Figures can only say , “ This is ' like ' what cannot be shown ; what you see is an
emblem . ” No more of that now : no more of this making shift to “ represent ...
Theatricality is the mode of painting in which the figures are lined up before us "
so we might look at them . . . so they might be beheld . ” It assumes that a painting
is meant to be looked at , as if it were a face to be acknowledged or confronted .
In a sermon of 1623 on the Penitential Psalms , Donne invoked no less an
authority than the Holy Ghost to prescribe the mean or middle style , though it
was a style hospitable to figures of speech and thought : And first give me leave
by the ...
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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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