On eloquence

By Donoghue, Denis

Publishers Summary:
"Denis Donoghue describes eloquence as "the dancing of speech" and writes, "The aim of a dance is not to get from one part of the village green or the stage to another, it is to create and embody yet another form of life beyond the already known forms of it. In dancing, the dancers enjoy the certitude of being alive in their bodies. That is eloquence."" "In the course of this meditation, Donoghue explores a considerable range of sources - among them, the Bible, Shakespeare, George Eliot, Whitman, T. S. Eliot, and Wallace Stevens, whose "most eloquent endings are often achieved by turning upon a particular word, not in anger but in zeal for a last-minute recovery." Ultimately, Donoghue's nuanced consideration of eloquence will enhance the reading experience of anyone for whom literature matters."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-30012-541-2
Publisher
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2008

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 dancing of speech is eloquence....It is commonly assumed that eloquence is a form or a subset of rhetoric....That is not true....Hitler's Mein Kampf is a work of rhetoric." Donoghue attempts to ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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