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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... by bidding them rise and stalk eyeless and majestic through the scene . To
understand him it is not so necessary to understand Greek as to understand
poetry . It is necessary to take that dangerous leap through the air without the
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The claim , as I understand it , was Burke ' s defense against a possible charge of
subscribing to “ art for art ' s sake ” or Decadence . Each of his six gestures
releases an internal motive or capacity , a gift or impulse . Burke beseeches , I
Eloquence , then , works best in darkness , when we can ' t see anything and can
' t fend off the seductive words which “ creep into our understanding , ” like the
serpent tempting Eve . “ Our ears , eyes of the darkness , " as Joyce calls them in
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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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