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aposiopesis

An obsolete term for disruption in the flow of thought.
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In conclusion, aposiopeses seem to function in a number of ways--as a means of avoiding repetition of a theme developed in other parts of the poem and of hinting at the larger experience behind the strongly linear feel of the pilgrim's journey thereby dramatizing the realness of the journey.
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.