Monday, February 11, 2008
Donoghue, Dennis. "On Eloquence." CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION January 18, 2008.
Eloquence is not the same as rhetoric. Eloquence isn't even a distant cousin of rhetoric — it comes from a different family and has different eyes, hair, and gait. Long thought to be a subset of rhetoric's devices, eloquence has declared its independence: It has no designs on readers or audiences. Its aim is pleasure; it thrives on freedom among the words. Unlike rhetoric, it has not sent any soldier to be killed in foreign countries. I'd like to say how I came to this one beautiful idea. . . . Find out how here: http://chronicle.com/temp/reprint.php?id=nyhrj8jd59dvt47dtvdzjk3g6vqqnrv9.