An Introduction to Diaskeue

Diaskeue (etymologically from Greek), is a kind of enargiaOpens in new window which consists in the graphic description of circumstances, in the manner that would arouse the emotions.

Classic Example
  • “Ay, but to die, and go we know not where;
    To lie in cold obstruction and to rot;
    This sensible warm motion to become
    A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit
    To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside
    In thrilling region of thick-ribbed ice;
    To be imprison’d in the viewless winds,
    And blown with restless violence round about
    The pendent world; or to be worse than worst
    Of those that lawless and incertain thought
    Imagine howling: ‘tis too horrible!
    The weariest and most loathed worldly life
    That age, ache, penury and imprisonment
    Can lay on nature is a paradise
    To what we fear of death.”
  • — (Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, III:I )
Further Readings:
Silver Rhetoricae | Figures: DiaskeueOpens in new window
Dictionary of Rhetorical Terms | By Gregory T. Howard: DiaskeueOpens in new window