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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But Aquinas would hold that there is no contradiction in the mystery of
transubstantiation : the sentence is an act of faith , not an inadvertence . In other
texts , Aquinas allows that the deficiencies of rational statement may be eked out ,
as in ...
... intrude , and climb into the fold ? Of other care they little reck ' ning make , Then
how to scramble at the shearers feast , And shove away the worthy bidden guest ;
Blind mouthes ! that scarce themselves know how to hold 138 / Blind Mouths.
Its motive may be described as an attempt to hold poetry and history in a single
thought . Yet its eloquence is direct , chaste , and declarative , checked only by
the thought that all eloquence terminates in action . Surely not “ all . ” Martin
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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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