Yale University Press, 2008 M10 1 - 208 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 liveperhaps this is increasingly the casein a culture of the same, featuring official attitudes, stereotypes of the officially enforced values, sedated language, a politics of pacification. A noteworthy addition to Donoghues 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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... Hydriotaphia: Urn-Burial on the mandatory course for honours students. The
presence of the other texts was self-explanatory, even Jonson's Sejanus, which I
could not warm to. But Hydriotaphia seemed an eccentric /The Latin Factor.
But Hydriotaphia seemed an eccentric choice. No one to my knowledge was
interested in the forty or fifty urns, Roman or more probably Saxon, found in a
field near Norfolk in 1658. The meditation on death and funeral rites to which
The Latin element in the passage I've quoted from Hydriotaphia has mortality in
every word: iniquity, oblivion, perpetuity, felicities, durations, the whole empire of
things acknowledged along with their fated disappearance. It is because Latin ...
... but by one who had very little fear of the shame of falling.21 These passages in
Johnson provided me with enough critical and terminological niceties to keep me
audible, if not eloquent, on Hydriotaphia for the requisite number of classes.
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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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