An Introduction to Epergesis

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
  • ‘Behold, these are the tribunes of the people,
    The tongues o’ th’ common mouth’
  • — (Cor., 3.1.21)
  • ‘The thunder,
    That deep and dreadful organ pipe’
  • — (Tem., 3.3.97)
Further Readings:
Silver Rhetoricae | Figures: EpergesisOpens in new window