It aims less at clearness and vividness than at epigrammatic point.
The style of the Epodes is pointed and epigrammatic, that of the Satires natural and familiar.
Emerson's style is brilliant, epigrammatic, gem-like; clear in sentences, obscure in paragraphs.
The Letters are models of graceful thought and refined expression, each of them dealing with a single topic and generally ending with an epigrammatic point.
It is a problem how to reconcile his ignorance, his weakness, his superstition, his crude notions, his erroneous observations, his ridiculous influences and theories, with his grasp of method, his lofty views of the true scope of medicine, his lucid statements, his incisive and epigrammatic criticisms of men and motives.