Mimesis

Mimesis: A term for mimicry; a representation used for imitation of another person’s alleged words, works of arts ...
Mimesis: A term for mimicry; a representation used for imitation of another person’s alleged words, works of arts ...

An Introduction to Mimesis

Mimesis (derives from Greek, literally means “an imitation”) is a term for mimicry; a representation used for imitation of another person’s alleged words, works of arts, in the manner that simulates exact characteristic of the original author.

Henry PeachamOpens in new window in his definition opines that Mimesis is an imitation of speech whereby the Orator counterfeited not only what one said, but also his utterance, pronunciation and gesture, imitating every thing as it was, which is always well performed, and naturally represented in an apt and skillful manner.

Classic Example
  • The enemy said: “I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.”
    — (Exodus 15:9)
Further Readings:
Sherry (1550) 69 (#2 - “mimisis”)
Henry Peachum., The Garden of Eloquence (1593) | MimesisOpens in new window
Wikipedia | MimesisOpens in new window