What Is Parisosis?
Parisosis is a parallelismOpens in new window in sentence structure in which two parts of the sentence are metrically equal and thus produce a figure that is almost comparable but not quite like antithesisOpens in new window.
In parisosis, the equality can be that of many small to few great things, and an equality of magnitude can be united with an equality of number. It usually comes in this form:
- ‘either through lack of resources or through the magnitude of the war.’ (Looking closely in the sentence it is observable that these things are neither like nor opposed to one another, but merely equal to one another.)
Parisosis is a feature of sophistic style especially associated with GorgiasOpens in new window, who adds numerous verbal effects, such as rhyme, to emphasize the parallelism.