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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The phrase has an air of significance , rather than a local meaning that could be
attested . He uses it as a mantra , reciting it on the conviction that the recitation
will yield eloquence beyond the mere call of duty . He doesn ' t seem troubled by
Take this from the Agamemnon for instanceόμμάτων δ ' εν αχηνίαις έρρει πάσ '
Άφροδίτα . The meaning is just on the far side of language . It is the meaning
which in moments of astonishing excitement and stress we perceive in our minds
Perhaps reflecting on one ' s common anxiety to have " the last word , ” he thinks
of an unspoken word beyond it : Like the Marquise , the classic text is pensive :
replete with meaning ( as we have seen ) , it still seems to be keeping in reserve
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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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