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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I ' ll devil - porter it no further : I had thought to have let in some of all professions
that goes the primrose way to the everlasting bonfire . ( Knock . ) Anon , anon ! I
pray you remember the porter . ( 2 . 3 . 1 - 26 ) Then he opens the gate to Macduff
Beyond silence listened for ” is a further range , not of our ordinary world but of
our aspiration , as a Catholic believes in a next world and distinguishes between
body and soul , the latter - we hope and pray - its redeemed inhabitant .
No further than to mention briefly a beautiful , and even picturesque woman , a
Madame Durant , loved by two men . Through letters , telegrams , sudden visits ,
and the intervention of relatives , she carried her drama tumultuously across
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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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