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 complex in meaning and economical in expression , for it not only tells us
about the attitude of Dido - still more important is what it tells us about the attitude
of Aeneas . Dido ' s behaviour appears almost as a projection of Aeneas ' s own ...
Action is eloquence , ” as Volumnia tells her son Coriolanus , " and the eyes of th '
ignorant / More learned than the ears ” ( 3 . 2 . 76 - 77 ) . The instances of
eloquence that I remember , in the sense that they have lodged in my mind
I agree that some eloquences stay in their settings , like the word prevalent in
canto 28 , where Pound tells of Clara Leonora and il Gran Maestro Mr Liszt had
come to the home of her parents And taken her on his prevalent knee . . . 6 Or like
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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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