Finny Tribes and Feathered People: My Top 5 Periphrastic Kinds

Eightenth-century poetry has the reputation of being wordy, obscure, and affected. A common feature of eighteenth-century poetic diction is periphrasis – circumlocution, or the use of multiple words to describe something instead of naming it directly. So a telescope is an ‘optic tube’ and a pair of scissors ‘the glitt’ring forfex’. One of the most … Continue reading Finny Tribes and Feathered People: My Top 5 Periphrastic Kinds

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