Epergesis: Definition and Examples

Epergesis (a synonym of AppositioOpens in new window), is a construction of two relative juxtaposed elements, the latter serving as an explanatory or a clarifying apposition to the former.

Sometimes the appositve phrases may be metaphorsOpens in new window. Most erudite scholars consider Epergesia a sub-set of EpexegesisOpens in new window.

Notable Examples of Epergesis

  1. ‘Behold, these are the tribunes of the people,
    The tongues o’ th’ common mouth’

    — (Cor., 3.1.21)

  2. ‘The thunder,
    That deep and dreadful organ pipe’

    — (Tem., 3.3.97)

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