chronographia chronographia
 chro-no-graph'-i-a from Gk. chronos, "time" and graphein, "to write"
Also sp. cronographia
the counterfeit time, description of time

Vivid representation of a certain historical or recurring time (such as a season) to create an illusion of reality. A kind of enargia.
“Listen, my children and you shall hear
of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.
On the eighteenth of April in seventy-five,
Hardly a man is now alive,
that remembers that famous day and year.”
(Longfellow, “Paul Revere’s Ride”)
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Related Topics of Invention
  • 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.
  • Past Fact/ Future Fact
    Obviously chronographia might be used in conjunction with that topic of invention that deals with things as they have been or will be.
See Also

  Sources: Peacham (1577) P1v; Putt. (1589) 246 ("cronographia," "the counterfait time")

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