an'-em-o-graph'-i-a Gk. “writing about the wind”

Creating an illusion of reality through description of the wind. A type of enargia.
"The rushing zephyr hushed the pace of words."
The onomatopoeia (words sounding like wind) and the rhythm of this line (iambic pentameter) seem to suggest the sound and movement of wind.
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  • Subject and Adjuncts
    Since description typically takes the form of delineating the attributes of something, it is therefore the use of this topic of invention, by which one identifies the characteristics (or adjuncts) of a given subject.
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Gideon O. Burton, Brigham Young University
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