An Introduction to Diaphora
Diaphora (derives from Gk. meaning “distinction or variance” ), is a literary scheme which consists in the repetition of a common nounOpens in new window in contrast to a proper nounOpens in new window a second time in order to perform two logical functions: to designate an individual and that individual’s associatied qualities.
For sake of clarity, it is worthy to present Peacham’ views by virtue of this beautiful illustration of his:
- “What man is there living, that would not have pitied that case if he had been a man.”
Here, PeachamOpens in new window illustrates that in the repetition, man is used to signify “humanity” or “compassion” as associated to man’s nature. (The Garden of Eloquence.)