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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That the mere matter of a poem , for instance , its subject , namely , its given
incidents or situationthat the mere matter of a picture , the actual circumstances of
an event , the actual topography of a language - should be nothing without the
Every experience is exhausted , but not deleted , in the telling of it , as it is
ultimately exhausted by its merely happening . The clock ticks , the woman
sneezes . Next : a blessed return to solitude , even if it entails a separation from
... might be met outside the poem , or as an ontologically vague or mobile entity ,
or indeed as a mere grammatical subject . ... the “ I ” is merely what Hugh Kenner
called a “ zone of consciousness ” in which certain verbal events take place .
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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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