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Epanodos (e-pan’-o-dos): 1. Repeating the main terms of an argument in the course of presenting it. 2. Returning to the main theme after a digression. 3. Returning to and providing additional detail for items mentioned previously (often using parallelism).

The past, the present, and the future are the sum of time: the agents of regret, satisfaction, surprise, and suspense. The past seals what-is-done and the future is-not-yet–the present presses into one mass what is known and what is imagined.  Added together, what makes the sum of time some time is me–the measure and the measurer: the clock with feelings counting out the times that will never come again and counting on the future for another chance before it all ends–the past, the present, the future–the agents of regret, satisfaction, surprise, and suspense; and I who bear it all in full awareness that sometimes I revise and sometimes I forget.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).