Daily Archives: August 1, 2013


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.]

Wonderful people, stunning landscapes, delicious food, spine-tingling vodka, relaxing stretched-out days, delightful twilight nights: Iceland!

I visited Iceland last week.

I will remember Iceland for the rest of my life!

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