aposiopesis

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aposiopesis

An obsolete term for disruption in the flow of thought.
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5) It should be noted that Poletto in his 1894 commentary systematically treats this issue of Dante's aposiopeses, identifying six major reasons for the silence: Dante's modesty, common decency (here he cites Purgatorio 25), deference to the will of another, unwillingness to cause unnecessary harm, inexpressibility, and the imposition of a moral challenge to the reader to "ricercare per se quello che si tace.