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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I have quoted from Paul ' s second letter to the Corinthians , where he speaks of a
man “ caught up into paradise ” who " heard unspeakable ... He also tells his flock
in Corinth to give up their dissentions and all “ speak the same thing ” ( 1 Cor .
In “ Open House ” Theodore Roethke claims to speak without the constraints of
language : “ I have no need for tongue , ” he says , tonguing his way from claim to
claim . “ My heart keeps open house . ” If he is only angry enough , his anger will
But it is vulgar to ask someone to speak well and then impose on him or her the
additional duty of appearing to speak well by nature rather than by art . In the
most eloquent passages , so far as I recall them , the expression seems to
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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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