pathopoeia pathopoeia
 path-o-poy'-a from Gk. pathos, "feeling" and poiia, "a making"
Also sp. pathopeia
adfectus, affectus expressio
description of feelings

A general term for speech that moves hearers emotionally, especially as the speaker attempts to elicit an emotional response by way of demonstrating his/her own feelings (exuscitatio).
  Melanchthon explains that this effect is achieved by making reference to any of a variety of pathetic circumstances: the time, one's gender, age, location, etc.
  O that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people. —Jeremiah 9:1-2.
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See Also
  Sources: Melanch. IR d5v ("adfectus" "pathopoeia"); Sherry (1550) 982 ("pathopeia") Peacham (1577) P3r; Smith ("affectus expressio" "pathopoeia"), 266-67.

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