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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It has become harder to persuade students that these are real places of interest
and value in a poem , a play , a novel , or an essay in the New Yorker . Other
issues have asserted themselves . “ What we find in the universities , " as
I delighted in the play of words in “ Nobis datus , nobis natus ” even though I did
not understand the particular words in play . Much later I heard of a more
profound play of words in the sixth - century version of the Pange lingua by
19 His sense of “ the truth of things ” was penurious , he did not willingly allow
that the imagination left to its freedom might be engaged in serious business and
serious play . He did not want to talk about language , he regarded the whole ...
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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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