An Introduction to Hypotyposis

Hypotyposis (Etymologically from Greek hypotypoein literally “a sketch” or “impression”), is a synonym for EnargiaOpens in new window.  A sort of vivid description of actions, characters, abtract qualities, etc., that conjure palpable images in the audience’s “mind’s eye”.

Hypotyposis as a figure that represents verbal and visual arts, makes a significant contribution to a livery representation.

This figure is that ornament whereby the sense of the text is so depicted that those matters contained in the text that are inanimate or lifeless seem to be brought to life. This ornament is very much in evidence among truly master composers.

Further Readings:
Silver Rhetoricae, Figures | HypotyposisOpens in new window