An Introduction to Paramythia
Paramythia (known as “consolatio” in the Latin) is a figure of speechOpens in new window which consists in consoling or comforting the one who grieves. It is a form of stylized letter or essay of condolence. (Lanham, p. 40).
- O mates (quoth he) that many a wo have big, & borne ere this,
Worse have we seene, and these also shall end, when Gods will is. (Ibid., p. 100)
- “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
— (Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene V.)
An example of Aeneas in Virgil, and thus translated: