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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Trilling ' s urging in that frantic sentence has had no visible effect . It could not win
, against the cultural indifference to the past and the corresponding insistence
that only the present and the near future are to be attended to . Instant messaging
The past participle — “ Its heft and hush become a bright nowhere ” – is extended
into a continuous present participle — “ ramifying ” without limitwhile the body is
refined to soul , and every remembered sound of the mother becomes , like ...
The effect of the lawyer ' s “ With kings and counselors ” is to present Bartleby ' s
life - and - death , like Jobs , as a myth , a story told for the benefit of those to
whom it is addressed . The story is to be received by the whole human
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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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