Hydrographia

Hydrographia is a figure concerned with a vivid description of a water-scene.
Hydrographia is a figure concerned with a vivid description of a water-scene.

An Introduction to Hydrographia

Hydrographia (etymologically from Greek ‘hydro’ [water], and ‘graphos’ [to write]) is a kind of EnargiaOpens in new window which consists in creating an illusionary sense of reality through a vividly descriptive scene of water.

    A Classic Example
  • “..Each laid on other a staying hand
    To listen ere we dared to look,
    And in the hush we joined to make
    We heard, we knew we heard the book.

    A note as from a single place,
    A slender tinkling fall that made
    Now drops that floated on the pool
    Like pearls, and now a silver blade.”
    — (Robert Frost, Going for Water.)
Further Readings:
Silver Rhetoricae, Figures by Gideon O. Burton | HydrographiaOpens in new window