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And to an extent, she is most generous with Jonson, whose use of the rhetorical figure for sex change, enallage in Epicoene, catches him in his most playful and imaginative mood of reproach.
Very crudely, Kames's method was first to define the main characteristics of the passions (through introspection), then the main features of each major rhetorical figure, and then to compare the two in a given passage to see whether they coincide or not.
Moreover, the "metaphor" of giving oneself to be eaten, to nourish the bodies of those who are destitute is, for Weil, considerably more than a mere rhetorical figure.
Indeed, thinking that pure line can be allegorical radically expands the field of application for this rhetorical figure, restoring metaphorical dignity to abstraction--an element it previously possessed, but which recently seems to have been forgotten.
An investigation into the poetics of negative narration at the syntactic level will yield a model for the narrative strategy--the rhetorical figure dirimens copulatio--deployed in the larger compositional structure of the novel itself.
A rhetorical figure is an artful deviation, relative to audience expectation, that conforms to a template independent of the specifics of the occasion where it occurs (McQuarrie and Mick, 1996).
Book 18, "l'unico fra i libri della Conquistata dove nemmeno un'ottava del primo poema trova posto," is dominated by a battle over ships imitated from Iliad 12-15; it is characterized by an Iliadic thematics of anatomically explicit carnage based on Iliad 13, in an attempt to duplicate Homer's realism or energia (Greek enargeia), the rhetorical figure that puts things "before the eyes.
In all languages," Reid claims, "the second person of verbs, the pronoun of the second person, and the vocative case in nouns, are appropriated to the expression of social operations of mind, and could never have had place in language but for this purpose: nor is it a good argument against this observation, that, by a rhetorical figure, we sometimes address persons that are absent, or even inanimated [sic] beings, in the second person.
He shows, for example, how Foster bases part of his argument on the presence in the Elegy of the rhetorical figure of hendiadys.
The figures in the sculpture and paintings cited by Quintilian embody the affective function that the related rhetorical figures have in language: with their covered faces, Agamemnon and Antigonus stand for the rhetorical figure of aposiopesis or omission; (16) and the Discobolus, or Discus-Thrower, with its twisted torso, stands for the rhetorical figure of antithesis, the juxtaposition of contraries.
It belongs to the particular rhetorical figure of effictic (portrayal), defined in the Ad Herennium as that which "consists in representing and depicting in words clearly enough for recognition the bodily form of some person," and the example given is fairly detailed: "the ruddy, short, bent man, with white and curly hair, blue-grey eyes, and a huge scar on his chin.
But paradox could be more than a rhetorical figure.