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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We cannot hope to live so long in our names , as some have done in their
persons , one face of Janus holds no proportion unto the other . ' Tis too late to be
ambitious . 15 It is typical of Browne , as if he learned from Shakespeare the
drama of ...
Why he no longer wanted to live is open to any reader ' s speculation . If the mess
I have made of my life is comprehensive , I may have no further interest in living .
The effect of the lawyer ' s “ With kings and counselors ” is to present Bartleby ...
... things that might be glimpsed , even if it ' s unlikely that they can be known or
expressed . The theme is a weak version of Empson ' s argument , in “ This Last
Pain , ” that you can live decently even if you have no belief to act on or appeal to
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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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