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.]

The mud slings are manufactured on the street by experience, success, and flailure–yes–flailure: the endless waving of banners of hope over the blown up handbrakes and double dealing mandrakes raking in fortunes like hot coals over naked backs born of misfortune horning up and down the narrow so-called side streets of the Village, where cats cool and otherwise once surmised acoustically, sipping beer in coffee houses hassled by tormented landlords raising their hands, raising their rents, raising violets and violence in late night bill collections from hand banging tambourine men (and women) in high-heeled Spanish sneakers  singing a sort of beautiful rage in voices like rusted braces walking across dim lit puddles of ice, slushy grammar, molding dog shit pilasters commemorating the last acid flash, and five yard dash toward a smoldering stark white butt faintly glowing on the tarmac tossed off by a poodle walker walking poodle toward Washington Square, past the shop of Hollywood underwear, past the glowing benches into the sirens’ call–up 5th Avenue, up, up up.

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

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