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• The bird, 'ungrasping his fierce talons, drops His prey into the flood *
Our Lord commands his Apostles, Mark xvi. 15. to s go into all the world, and preach
the gospel to every creature, that is, to all mankind.
(4) The Synecdoche puts a particular name for a general. Thus the Cretan sea signifies in HoRACE the sea in general ; .
I, in the myses favour bless’d,
In like manner the acorns of Chaonia are used for acorns in general by Virgil,
Ye pow'rs divine, who gave mankind to change
In Psal. xlvi. 9. the Almighty is said to s break * the bow, and cut the spear in funder, and to ss burn the chariot in the fire ;' that is, God deItroys all the weapons of war, and blesses the
Tradam protervis in mare Creticum
- Vestro fi munere tellus
VIRGIL, Georg. lib. ii ver.ge
world with peace. In Dan. xii. 14. by many we are to understand all. ss Many of them that ss sleep in the duft shall awake, fome to everss lasting life, and some to shame and everlasting us contempt."
§ 3. It may be observed farther, that to the Synecdoche the usage of a certain number for an uncertain is to be ascribed : .
ACHILLES' wide-destroying wrath that pour'd
$ 4. To the same Trope we may refer the liberty of using the plural number for the singular, and the singular number for the plural; as when Cicero tells BRUTUS, “ We misled the 66 People, and gained the reputation of Ora« tors +, when he intends only himself: and when, on the contrary, Live often says, “ that - the Roman was Conqueror in the battle 1," whereas he designs that the Romans were Conquerors.
55. Under the Synecdoche we may also range the Antonomasia (l, which is a Trope by which we put a proper for a common name, or a common pame for a proper.
* Μηνιν αειδε Θεα Πηληιαδεω Αχιλη
Ουλομενην, η μυρι Αχαιους αλγε' εθηκε.
From cuti and arouagw, the putting one name in the room of another.
$.6. (1): An Antonomasia puts a proper for a common maine. · Thus, that man is an Hercules, that is, an uncommonly strong man. Or he is a Job, that is, a remarkably patient man. Or he is a Nero, that is, a monstrously cruel man. Or he is a Croesus, that is, an immensely rich man. :(2) An Antonomasia puts a common for a proper name. Thus, he is gone to the City, or he is come from the City, meaning London. In like manner the Poet shall intend HOMER, the Orator, Cicero, and the Apostle, St Paul. Thus CHRIST is called ss the son of man, Matt, ix. 6. and ss the master," John xi. 28. .
8 7. When we use the Antonomasia, we should take care that whatever epithet, title, or denomi, nation stands in the room of the usual name, should be such as is either easy and familiar, or such as is more emphatical and striking; for there is no small excellency in an Antonomasia, when properly conceived and applied according to these directions: as when I call a good Orator a DEMOSTHENES, or a good Poet a Virgil, I am bestowing upon the person the highest praise, and leading the mind to a comparison of his talents with the peculiar and transcendent endowments of those famous Writers; and when, on the other hand, I say such a man is a CATILINE, or a CALIGULA, I thereby call up the ideas of the most detestable characters, and brand the person with much deeper infamy, than if I was only in plain language to say, that he was very worthless or
wicked, wicked. But if the Antonomofia has neither the advantage of ease and familiarity, nor of emphasis nor strength, plain expression is to be preferred; at leaft I fee not any benefit that can arise from the use of this Trope: but we may, bem fore we are aware, deserve the lash of our great Satirift, who has reckoned up several Antonomafias of this kind; but which are too ludicrous to be inserted in graver compositions than that of his Art of Sinking in Poetry t.
88. The value of the Synecdoche appears to lie in the bald and manly freedom it gives to our discourses, by which we shew that we are so full of our ideas, and so powerfully impressed with them, that we disdain to attend to little accura, cies, and nice adjustments of expression. Language also acquires a vast variety by the assist ance of the Synecdoche; and variety prevents fatigue, and is the fource of perpetual entertainment. And it may be added, that the Synecdoche more especially compliments the understanding, by leaving it to investigate and determine the whole of our meaning from only a part
of it, or ascertain and fix our precise meaning, · when only couched under a general expression.
it Pore's Works, vol. vi. p. 191, 192.
§ 1. The definition of an Irony. $ 2. How known
to be an Irony. S 3. Instances of the Irony from the sacred Writings. $ 4. Examples of the Irony from CICERO, HORACE, Dryden, and TILLOTson. § 5. The definition of a Sarcasm, with
instances. $ 6. The uses of Ironies and Sarcafms, :$ 7. Cautions to be observed concerning theme
5.8. The foundation in nature for the Irony and Sarcasm.
1. A N Irony* is a Trope, in which one con
trary is signified by another; or, in which we speak one thing, and design another, in order to give the greater force and vehemence to our meaning.
$2. The way of distinguishing an Irony from the real, fentiments of the speaker or writer, are
by the accent, the air, the extravagance of the - praise, the character of the person, the nature
of the thing, or the vein of the discourse : for if in any of these respects there is any disagreement
from * From sogwvevoje asy. I use a disimulation in my Sprecho