aposiopesis


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aposiopesis

An obsolete term for disruption in the flow of thought.
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In their view, he was "a modernist in virtue of his extraordinary strictness in the use of words and the unconventional notation he used in setting them down so that they had to be understood as he meant them to be, or understood not at all (this is the crux of the whole question of the intelligibility of 'difficult' poetry)." (34) To demonstrate how this truth connects with aposiopesis in "Sibyl's Leaves," it is instructive to turn to Robert Browning--from whom Hopkins was often eager to distinguish himself, though he acknowledged similarities--and Browning's much-remarked-upon interaction with the phonograph.
Aposiopesis is a rhetorical figure signifying a disruption of discourse by omitting the expected end of a clause or sentence.
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...'," This reaction leads to a sense of boredom in the following example, which shows Woolf's inability to discuss fiction.
(4) Compare, for example, the similar aposiopesis directed by Iphigenia toward Artemis at line 37 of Euripides's Iphigenia among the Taurians: "But concerning the rest I remain silent, since I fear the goddess." I have relied in this essay on the Greek text of Martin Cropp's (2013) edition.
The poet's own guilt undermines all attempts at consolation and closure as the final aposiopesis reveals ("Let us sleep now ...").
Anne's knowledge of poetry has, it seems, taught her the formalist techniques needed to recognize a "true aposiopesis"--fullness of meaning conveyed by silence--when she hears one.
In addition, they present a frequent recourse to ellipsis or reticence, aposiopesis (unfinished sentences, suspension dots) and praeteritio (false silence).
Por el contrario, en el poema XIV, con que concluye el poemario, se impone la certeza, el alegato, la savia del amor como ejercicio ontologico y veraz que auna el pasado y el presente, que completa, al tiempo que re-vela, la aposiopesis implicita en el adverbio "quizas ...": "Abreme/ que necesito una vez mas/ tu liquida pasion primigenia/ -resbalame entre tus piernas-/ igual que el primer dia/ cuando nacimos/ rompiendo con un grito/ el silencio mortal" (80).
If I'd known 'twould be like this in America ...'; the aposiopesis speaks volumes (306).
A relevant term from classical rhetoric is aposiopesis, used when a sentence is deliberately broken off and left unfinished, the ending to be supplied by the imagination and thus giving an impression of unwillingness or inability to continue.
(179) This aposiopesis silences the novel and with it, we are made aware, by the protagonist's refusal to continue transcribing the "other's" questions concerning truth, love, fame, and "todas las otras cosas," that these have been retroactively answered.