aposiopesis


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aposiopesis

An obsolete term for disruption in the flow of thought.
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In this passage, alongside the enallage of person from "I" to "we" that makes Woolf feel part of the story, aposiopesis is used to show the essayist's astonishment when she discovers that there are only female characters in Carmichael's novel, and when the next words that she reads are '"Chloe liked Olivia.
15) "The General" and "In an Underground Dressing Station", both poems written in Sassoon's rough colloquial style, fragmented by aposiopesis.
When a character tells another 'I almost dread to tell you' and this reticence is reinforced by aposiopesis, the spectator in fact is already aware of the intolerably disturbing secret that is not being revealed.
Note that whereas the first and third examples involve the teacher of languages representing in writing a pause or an aposiopesis that he observes directly while talking to Razumov or observing Razumov talking to Natalia, the second example must come from the teacher of languages' reading of Razumov's account, so readers might assume that the ellipsis is first written by Razumov then reproduced by the teacher of languages.
Aposiopesis is itself open, by means of such logic, to idiosyncratic deployment, a swerve of the critical arrow from the scope of targeted reading.
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).
The Poetics of Compression: The Role of Aposiopesis in the Representation of Conversion in Dante's Commedia.
rhetorical devices--metonymy, ellipse, simile, aposiopesis and other,
La ironia, siempre pareja a la movilidad de la heroina, se fusiona con la aposiopesis en el primer "dialogo social" del texto.
He writes after his aposiopesis, "--A page is an area on which I may place any signs I consider to communicate most nearly what I have to convey: therefore I employ, within the pocket of my publisher and the patience of my printer, typographical techniques beyond the arbitrary and constricting limits of the conventional novel.
A wizard at maneuvering the tropes and figures of the medieval schoolboy's rhetoric, she makes use of many kinds of asymmetry, including aposiopesis ("a sudden breaking off of a thought in the middle of a sentence as though the speaker were unable or unwilling to continue"), antimetabole ("turning about"), asteismus ("refined, witty talk"), on through the alphabet of word and sound plays, including arrangement on the page.
She uses the dash in the traditional manner, marking pauses, aposiopesis, and rhetorical transitions (637), but she also uses it in a non-traditional manner.