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 note only that the “ dusky demon and brother ” is given earlier in the poem as
the mockingbird ; demon and brother because it is not yet clear whether the
delivered word death is entirely creative or not , though in the end it is , “ the word
And Bartleby ' s “ I would prefer not to ” is also a sacrificial passion that will lead
him to death , a death given by the law , by a society that doesn ' t even know why
it acts the way it does . But there is nothing sacrificial about Bartleby ' s passion ...
Swift is catachrestic in A Tale of a Tub when he makes it impossible for us to
know who is speaking at a given moment or how to ascribe any source to the
words other than a printing press . There is a frantic element in these books , as
in Kafka ...
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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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