Paramythia

An Introduction to Paramythia

Paramythia: A form of speech for consoling or comforting the one who grieves.
Paramythia: A form of speech for consoling or comforting the one who grieves.

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).

Notable Examples

    An example of Aeneas in Virgil, and thus translated:

  • 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.)
Further Readings:
Henry Peachum | The Garden of Eloquence: ParamythiaOpens in new window