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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De Quincey gives a more elaborate account of this sequence in Macbeth , but not
a contradictory one : Here , as I have said , the retiring of the human heart and the
entrance of the fiendish heart was to be expressed and made sensible .
The murderers and the murder must be insulated - cut off by an immeasurable
gulf from the ordinary tide and succession of human affairslocked up and
sequestered in some deep recess ; we must be made sensible that the world of
... of number , in poetry and music , serve as reminders of the skills of thought
which have nothing to do with the language of words . ” Augustine thinks that the
meanings of words are arbitrary , “ and by human authority , ” while the meanings
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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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