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  • "prosopographia," a term which to Chaucer would perhaps have seemed to require translation.


  • Dozens of refinements on standard descriptions hold meaning for ut pictura poesis but the matter is complicated since many medi - eval and Renaissance rhetoricians are in conflict over both definitions and examples for descriptio, charac - terismus, effictio, mimesis, notatio, informatio, diatypo - sis, prosopographia, prosopopoeia, and many other categories that demand varying amounts of formed concrete detail.

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  • (n) The vivid description of someone's face or character. A kind of enargia. Also, the description of feigned or imaginary characters, such as devils or harpies.

    March 21, 2009