Figure Name threnos
Source Peacham (1593)
Earliest Source
Synonyms lamentatio, luctus
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Threnos is latine Lamentatio, and Luctus, is a forme of speech by which the Orator lamenteth some person or people for the miserie they suffer, or the speaker his owne calamitie. (Peacham)


1. An example of the Prophet Jeremy: “O that my head were full of water, and mine eyes a fountain of teares, that I might weepe day and night, for the staine of the daughter of my people.” Jerem.9. (Peacham)

1. Job lamenteth his owne miserie in this maner: “Why died not I in the birth? Why did not I perish assoone as I came out of the wombe? Why set they me upon their knees? Why gave they me sucke with their brests?” Job.3. (Peacham)

Kind Of
Part Of
Related Figures figures of exclamation, figures of pathos
Notes "As the use of this figure riseth from the feeling of miserie, so it serveth and is most forcible and mightie to move pittie and compassion in the hearer" (Peacham)
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes Is figures of exclamation the same as figures of pathos?
Reviewed No