Epicrisis


Epicrisis (e-pi-cri’-sis): When a speaker quotes a certain passage and makes comment upon it.

Related figures: anamenesis–calling to memory past matters. More specifically, citing a past author from memory–and chreia (from the Greek chreiodes, “useful”) . . . “a brief reminiscence referring to some person in a pithy form for the purpose of edification.” It takes the form of an anecdote that reports either a saying, an edifying action, or both.

“The future influences the present just as much as the past.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Neither the past nor the future exist. The past is gone and the future is yet to be. We can only ride the tide of imagination ebbing and flowing through our minds in search of a calm glassy sea to float us toward tranquility. But daily, we remake our hope, and our hope, whatever story it tells us, may solely rage against our fears fighting an endless war that keeps our imagined pasts and futures unsettled, as does our fear, with it’s unending invitation to anxiety, dread, and nervousness.

The vivacity of the non-existent past and future motivates us to act as imagination’s projection makes something out of nothing as an inducement to believe.

Definitions courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

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