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).

Notable Examples

    An example of Aeneas in Virgil, and thus translated:

  1. 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)

  2. “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.)

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