Emerson's style is brilliant, epigrammatic, gem-like; clear in sentences, obscure in paragraphs.
The fundamental truism is the epigrammatic assertion of this distinction.
The general results of the last fifty years of the first period (130 to 80) may be thus summed up. In poetry we have the satires of Lucilius, the tragedies of Accius and of a few successors among the Roman aristocracy, who thus exemplified the affinity of the Roman stage to Roman oratory; various annalistic poems intended to serve as continuations of the great poem of Ennius; minor poems of an epigrammatic and erotic character, unimportant anticipations of the Alexandrian tendency operative in the following period; works of criticism in trochaic tetrameters by Porcius Licinus and others, forming part of the critical and grammatical movement which almost from the first accompanied the creative movement in Latin literature, and which may be regarded as rude precursors of the didactic epistles that Horace devoted to literary criticism.
The style of the Epodes is pointed and epigrammatic, that of the Satires natural and familiar.
Nothing in his own church at Bemerton was too commonplace to serve as a starting-point for the epigrammatic expression of his piety.