Entertainment / Literature / Abstract Diction - Abstract Imagery: Language that describes qualities that cannot be perceived with the five senses. For instance, calling something pleasant or pleasing is abstract, while calling something yellow or sour is concrete. The word domesticity is abstract, but the word sweat is concrete. The preference for abstract or concrete imagery varies from century to century. Philip Sidney praised concrete imagery in poetry in his 1595 treatise, Apologie for Poetrie. A century later, Neoclassical thought tended to value the generality of abstract thought. In the early 1800s, the Romantic poets like Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley once again preferred concreteness. In the 20th century, the distinction between concrete and abstract has been a subject of some debate. Ezra Pound and T. E. Hulme attempted to create a theory of concrete poetry. T. S. Eliot added to this school of thought with his theory of the 'objective correlative.' Contrast with concrete diction / concrete imagery.
Abstract Adjective Synonyms: theoretical, unapplied, notional, ideational, conceptual, metaphysical, unpractical, intellectual
Abstract Noun Synonyms: summary, epitome, synopsis, essence, digest, condensation, survey, conspectus, extract, outline, précis, résumé‚
Abstract Verb Synonyms: epitomize, abbreviate, digest, summarize, condense, shorten, abridge, cut, cut down, synopsize
Diction Noun Synonyms: articulation, pronunciation, enunciation, delivery, elocution, oratory, presentation, speech, intonation, inflection
Diction Adjective Synonyms: language, wording, (verbal or writing) style, expression,age, expressiveness, terminology, word choice, vocabulary, phraseology, phrasing, rhetoric
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