An Introduction to Eutrepismus
Eutrepismus (derives from Greek word eutrepe literally means “a turning about”), is a figure of division whose speech is at first, numbered into parts, and arranged in an orderly manner. This involves numbering the parts or points under deliberation, in good order before shedding expansive details on them. The latin term for this device is ‘ordinatio’.
Peacham defines this device in 1593, as:
- “a forme of speech, which doth not only number the partes before they be said, but also doth order those partes, and maketh them plaine by a kind of definition, or declaration”.