|Source||Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); De Mille (1882) ("energy"); Kellog (1880) ("energy")|
1. A general term referring to the "energy" or vigor of a expression. (Silva Rhetoricae)
2. 226. DEFINITION OF ENERGY.
3. ENERGY is that quality of style by the use of which thought is forcibly expressed. Perspicuity is essential to energy, since what is indistinct is not seen, and is not felt; imagery conduces to energy, as it presents the thought more graphically than plain language can do it: but energy, employing these grand qualities of style, is something different from them. A thought may be perfectly distinct, and may be expressed in a figure; but it may not concentrate upon itself one's whole attention, and powerfully affect him. (Kellog, 136)
2. A general example of this quality may be found in the following passage from Emerson:
|Notes||Note: Energia is easily confused with enargia, vivid description (energia is not necessarily visual, and not necessarily descriptive). Don't understand how enargia is a related figure of energia, but not vice versa.|
|Last Editor||Ioanna Malton|