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Examples of Aposiopesis


Aposiopesis

Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-07 13:08:58
Aposiopesis is a rhetorical device wherein a sentence is deliberately broken off and left unfinished, the ending to be supplied by the imagination, giving an impression of unwillingness or inability to continue.

Examples of Aposiopesis in Literature, Poems & Poetry:

From Henry IV by William Shakespeare
Hotspur: O, I could prophesy,
But that the earthy and cold hand of death
Lies on my tongue. No, Percy, thou art dust,
And food for --------
Prince Hal: For worms, brave Percy.

From Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain:
"Well, I lay if I get ahold of you I"ll–."

From Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me,
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.


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