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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When he does , he speaks about language : How lovely it is that there are words
and sounds . Are not words and sounds rainbows and illusive bridges between
things which are eternally apart ? But all sounds make us forget this ; how lovely
sound as we hear it and absolute sound , the essence of sound “ which would be
soundless as the prime mover is motionless , or as the ' principle of sweetness
would not be sweet , having transcended sweetness . ” 27 We are dealing with ...
jection Ode ” — he slides down a long series of murmurings , the repeated words
- sound and same - doing nothing to hold back the slide until the word nothing
seems to reach the end , a zero of wan wistlessness . But then Stevens lifts the ...
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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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