Period


Period: The periodic sentence, characterized by the suspension of the completion of sense until its end. This has been more possible and favored in Greek and Latin, languages already favoring the end position for the verb, but has been approximated in uninflected languages such as English. [This figure may also engender surprise or suspense–consequences of what Kenneth Burke views as ‘appeals’ of information.]

Next month, because we have frequent yelling matches, get cited every few months for disturbing the peace, have numerous infidelities, and both of us recently obtained prescriptions for medical marijuana we will appear on the Jerry Springer Show!

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu). Bracketed text inserted by Gorgias.

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