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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There are no millers any more ” is only a little more pronounced than the rest of
the poem ; mainly because these are the only words spoken , and the lines
surrounding have the drab force of inevitability about them . They seem to say
only “ It ...
The phrase “ and forever / Silent ” invokes the motiveabove - the - given - motive
without further specification . No theory of communication is quite adequate to the
last lines of the poem . I prefer a theory of invention , according to which the ...
But , the poem says , “ we ” - meaning adults — “ have speech , to chill the angry
day ” and “ to dull the rose ' s cruel scent . ” Why the day is thought to be angry
and yet susceptible to being chilled , and the scent cruel yet mitigable by being ...
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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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