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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This pleasure is the great spring of the activity of our minds and their chief feeder
. From this principle the direction of the sexual appetite , and all the passions
connected with it take their origin : It is the life of our ordinary conversation ; and ...
... and second , an even stronger aversion to a way of talking about literature in
which the pleasure of the literary work is acknowledged as its chief reason for
being , and correlatively that the communication of that pleasure to the readers of
The meaning is over , but you have had the pleasure of seeing it rise , shine , and
fall . Sometimes this pleasure is rejected ; as Greta Scacchi says to Tim Robbins
in The Player : “ Words , I like words . I ' m not crazy about complete sentences .
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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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