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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Party politics was inevitable , but it should be possible to appeal beyond faction ,
religious conflicts , and the divisions of Whig and Tory to the image of a true -
born Englishman , type of national unity , to whom party was a secondary ...
... what else would be possible ? — something that happened in your last hours -
say , a fly alighting on your pillow . You need the image , to begin with . Words
are hardly necessary , in principle , though they will be all that is there in practice
23 In an earlier stanza , Empson refers to Wittgenstein ' s claim that " a thought
contains the possibility of the situation of which it is a thought : what is thinkable is
possible too . " 24 That seems not to be true : there are many paintings , some ...
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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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