The radical shift that Guido undergoes from the Convivio to the Inferno signals the presence of irony in Dante's poem which, although characteristic of the poem in general, takes here the rhetorical form of an anacoluthon
, a suspension of the narrative logic and of its meaning that defines the poetics of Dante's Commedia as an allegory of irony.
11) An anacoluthon
is a failure to follow a single syntactical path, as when a speaker switches or conflates subjects within a sentence or links a subject with a predicate that belongs with a different subject.
After priming readers as to the precarious status of the historical at the heart of Monkey Island through the anacoluthon
that introduces its recollection, the text quickly emphasizes the problem of gaining access to the past by opening the section on the island with a reference to fiction and artifice.
Just as "an individual who stutters might turn a lack of grammatical sequence (typical among stammerers) into [the rhetorically effective device of] anacoluthon
," so does Dorriforth's emotional pain seem somehow more palpable in virtue of its damaging effects on grammar.
This so-called anacoluthon
is called the critical point in natural sciences, beyond which fluctuation and bifurcation will be free to form the global patterns, global orders, global structures and functions which cannot be defined in the description of local interactions.
Examining a novel by Henri Thomas that fictionalizes aspects of de Man's biography, the essay extends Miller's discussion of the concept of anacoluthon
(= discontinuation of a syntactic pattern established at the beginning of a sentence in favor of a different pattern) to reflect on the novel's "infinite or abyssal resistance to any meta-narrative" (211).
The abrupt anacoluthon
in the third-to-last line of this passage draws attention to the British-born speaker's problematical connection to her subject.
For the (hidden/disclosed) body of Geraldine is, of course, the object referenced by the famous anacoluthon
of Coleridge's poem: "A sight to dream of, not to tell
Our author writes with good sense about prescriptivism, the once unquestioned understanding that there was a correct English with its appropriate rules: break them and the result is solecism, anacoluthon
, and vulgarity.
He is left with the Aristotelian catalogue of tropes B some pervasive, like metaphors, and others obscure and forgotten, like the anacoluthon
Discussing the ways in which Crane utilizes chiasmus, anacoluthon
, and catachresis in "Voyages," Edelman finds that in Crane's poetics, "every [rhetorical] movement toward the stability of chiasmus carries a trace of the break that figures the violence of anacoluthon
" (256), and such instability in language is mirrored in Crane's images: "emblems of balance and antithesis are ceaselessly created and destroyed, drowned and reborn" (263) in instances of "catachrestic borrowing[s]" (284), "catachrestic designation[s]" (285), and "catachrestic ploys" (287).
originally included two solutions to the problem of the anacoluthon
in those verses.
At this point, anacoluthon
breaks the mood, and the modality.
is a device of vehemence: we often do not speak in calm, linear syntax when upset.
185) seems, moreover, to involve anacoluthon
, since the grammatical agreement requires the passage to be understood as follows 'they rendered great blows on the bright helmets with their naked swords [which = swords, not masculine coz] have descended [descendues] on the shields'.