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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At least it kept itself free from the sophistications of Europe ; it did not need to be
eloquent so long as it was decent . George Chapman wrote in 1575 : “ I have
rather regarde to make our native language commendable in it selfe , than gay
In “ On the Teaching of Modern Literature , ” Lionel Trilling asked whether the
study of the past , precisely because it is the past , might not provide “ that quiet
place at which a young man might stand for a few years , at least a little beyond
At that time , to enter a college of the N . U . I . , you had to have passed the senior
leaving certificate examination in at least five subjects , including Latin , English ,
and Irish . Or you could take the matriculation examination of the N . U . I . on ...
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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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