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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thing , was poor but honest , a serviceable language for use in common life and
local relations , even if it was limited to those practices . At least it kept itself free
from the sophistications of Europe ; it did not need to be eloquent so long as it
These questions are pondered in Latin because Latin is wiser than the
vernacular languages in the apprehension of spiritual ... Dante ' s idea is that
Adam ' s language was Hebrew and that the modern European languages
emerged from ...
by being a special case of language in its estranging disposition : it holds out
against being assimilated to one ' s intention . Hill therefore calls a language “
enemy country . ” Hence the value of foreign words , at least until they have been
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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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