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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5 Meanwhile — to curb the speculation and keep to tangible issues - indignant
seems to declare its independence , but it doesn ' t , it remains loyally if not
unquestioningly within the syntax of its sentence . There is no sign in it of that
The literal “ without having distributed the temporal intervals of its rhythms , but
with a power that gives the times ” is not much clearer , even if we keep in mind
that tempora is taken to mean times in the sense of temporal units or durations .
So men are deceived by the lore of sex , love , and marriage to the extent of
taking up their yoke of sovereignty , binding themselves to it , and paying good
money to keep it going . As if this institution were not enough , men are also
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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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