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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What occurs to him is “ a shape with lion body and the head of a man , ” “ moving
its slow thighs , ” “ while all about it / Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds .
” 3 Not birds but their shadows , the only parts of them that cannot escape from ...
Barthes ' s sense of face consorts with self - containment , absorption : like the
figures in Yeats ' s “ Long - Legged Fly ” – Caesar , Helen of Troy , Michelangelo -
their minds moving upon silence , silence as if it were a verb as well as a noun .
Lawyers , journalists , and politicians are trained in this tradition , keeping a
straight face the while . They can , with equal force , defend a vice or the specious
appearance of a virtue . As Donne wrote in the “ Litanie ” : When we are moved 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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