aposiopesis


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aposiopesis

An obsolete term for disruption in the flow of thought.
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On the level of Dante's poetics, as one might expect, aposiopesis is often motivated by a concern for narrative economy.
In her discussion on the aposiopesis that begins Inferno 21, she points out that this gap is stressed to enforce the larger fiction of the poem: ".
The aposiopesis becomes the trace of a lost discourse, difficult to reconstruct, but offering clues to the totality of the pilgrim's experience.
The aposiopesis of Inferno 4 signals the difficult relation between poetry and salvation that is dramatized throughout the Commedia.
Focusing on aposiopesis in Urania, he observes that Wroth cannot end, because there is no way to reconcile "Amphilanthus' centrifugal restlessness" with "Pamphilia's centripetal constancy" (303).
Further exploring the uncircumscribed role of the beholder, Alberti turns from the figure of apostrophe to that of aposiopesis when he discusses the veiled figure of Agamemnon--in the Sacrifice of Iphigenia attributed to the ancient painter Timanthes--who "thus left more for the onlooker to Imagine about his grief than he could see with the eye.
But amid the witty bricolage of aposiopesis (interruption), "wisecracking," zombie pronouns, echolalia, lemons "in hot pursuit," shards and splinters, and the like, we can isolate a number of beauties: "What couldn't be under the blue sails dripping / as they develop, develop their theories about us, / haunting the ether with memories of clay?
Intense feeling is marked only by the graphic slip into aposiopesis, a favorite trope of the novel of sensibility.
All preteritions, aposiopesis, and silence must be regarded as figures signaling unpresentability.