By a trope is meant the artistic alteration of
a word or phrase from its proper meaning to another.
This is a subject which has given rise to interminable disputes among the teachers of literature, who
have quarrelled no less violently with the philosophers than among themselves over the problem of
the genera and species into which tropes may be
divided, their number and their correct classification.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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