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date: 29 February 2020

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Classical rhetoric provided the foundation for Renaissance poetics throughout Europe, beginning with Petrarch. Poetry was seen as a matter of rhetorical persuasion. The basic technique was the creative imitation of models, which in time encouraged the imagination to aim for wonder (admiratio) as well as instruction and delight. Handbooks of schemes and tropes suggested the means, such as prosopopeia or prosographia.

Keywords: Renaissance, rhetoric, poetics, persuasion, imitation, imagination, admiratio, tropes, schemes, prosopopeia

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