vivid description

Figure Name vivid description
Source Ad Herennium (357-359); Demetrius (1902) 167 ("vividness")
Earliest Source
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Vivid Description is the name for the figure which contains a clear, lucid, and impressive exposition of the consequences of an act (Ad Herennium)

2. Vividness arises from an exact narration overlooking no detail and cutting out nothing. Vividness may also be produced by mentioning
the accompanying circumstances of any action. (Demetrius)


1. " But, men of the jury, if by your votes you free this defendant, immediately, like a lion released from his cage, or some foul beast loosed from his chains, he will slink and prowl about in the forum, sharpening his teeth to attack every one's property, assaulting every man, friend and enemy, known to him or unknown,
now despoiling a good name, now attacking a
life, now bringing ruin upon a house and its entire household, shaking the republic from its foundations. Therefore, men of the jury, cast him out from the state, free every one from fear, and finally, think of yourselves. For if you release this creature without punishment, believe me, gentlemen, it is against yourselves that you will have let loose a wild and savage beast." (Ad Herennium)

1. " For if you inflict a heavy penalty upon
the defendant, men of the jury, you will at once by a single judgement have taken many lives. His aged father, who has set the entire hope of his last years on this young man, will have no reason for wishing to tay alive. His small children, deprived of their father's aid, will be exposed as objects of scorn and contempt to their father's enemies. His entire
household will collapse under this undeserved calamity. But his enemies, when once they have
won the bloody palm by this most cruel of victories, will exult over the miseries of these unfortunates, and will be found insolent on the score of deeds as well as of words." (Ad Herennium)

1. " For none of you, fellow citizens, fails to
see what miseries usually follow upon the capture of a city. Those who have borne arms against the victors are forthwith slain with extreme cruelty. Of the rest, those who by reason of youth and strength can endure hard labour are carried off into slavery, and those who cannot are deprived of life. In short, at one and the same time a house blazes up bv the
enemy's torch, and they whom nature or free choice has joined in the bonds of kinship or of sympathy are dragged apart. Of the children, some are torn from their parents' arms, others murdered on their parents' bosom, still others violated at their parents' feet. No one, men of the jury, can, by words, do justice to the deed, nor reproduce in language the magnitude of the disaster." (Ad Herennium)

2. "For ever they seemed as though they would mount the chariot-floor of Eumelus, and hot on his back did the breath of their nostrils pour,
And his shoulders broad, for their heads overhung him as onward they flew." (Homer qtd. in Demetrius)

2. 'You are the man who, when he was alive, spoke to his discredit, and now that he is dead write to his discredit.' (Demetrius)

2. 'He was blushing, for the first glimmer of dawn now came to betray him.' (Plato qtd. in Demetrius)

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