Astrothesia

An Introduction to Astrothesia

Astrothesia is a descriptive figure which consists in the vivid description of stars. It is the sub-set of EnargiaOpens in new window.

A Classical Example
  • They are the icy spikes of winter nights
    That prick the heart-warm blood with stilling chill
    They are God's whiskers, old and frosty white
    Or shards of milk the dipper big had spilled
    The stars are slow invaders edging in
    So cautiously we fail to see their aim
    Or else the stars are seedlings planted thin
    Within the loamy darkness, bright and plain.
    I cannot fathom distances or time
    Within the ceaseless broadcast of the sky
    Reducing fiery suns to words and rhyme
    Arrests, if for a moment, questions why
    We would be privy to such cosmic awe
    For I am here, confessing what I saw.
  • — (Gideon Burton)
Further Readings:
Brett Zimmerman | Edgar Allan Poe: Rhetoric and Style | Astrothesia: Poe's Astronomical Symbolism and ImageryOpens in new window