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 is commonly assumed that eloquence is a form or a subset of rhetoric , a means
to rhetorical ends . That is not true . Rhetoric has an aim , to move people to do
one thing rather than another . Hitler ' s Mein Kampf is a work of rhetoric .
... aside from its manifestations sufficiently to enjoy them . Eloquence therefore is
exempt - or should be — from the imputations that hang over rhetorical acts and
consequences . It puts rhetoric to shame - persuasion , propaganda , nudging ...
But yet , if we would speak of things as they are , we must allow that all the art of
rhetoric , besides order and clearness , all the artificial and figurative application
of words eloquence hath invented , are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ...
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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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