Questions tagged [figurae-sermonis]

Figures of speech, such as the zeugma, chiasmus, and hendiadys.

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Name of Homeric (?) figure of speech: semantic transposition

I'm afraid my question is somewhat vague, and I'll try to improve it as I find the time to research it more. I've been having a nagging memory of my Ancient Greek and Latin classes (and in that memory ...
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Use of the chiasmus in Latin

Was the chiasma common in Latin? Or an uncommon figure of speech? (Words in a sentence with the pattern ABBA or ABBCBBA, etc...) Where could we meet the greatest amount of chiasma? In poetry? In ...
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Zeugma on a genitive noun: extraordinary or prosaic?

This Reddit comment points out that there is a zeugma on a genitive noun in this sentence from the conductus "Sol oritur occasus nescius"* in the Hortus Deliciarum: Et filiæ fit pater filius I'd ...