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breaking off in the middle of a sentence (as by writers of realistic conversations)

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To some extent, aposiopeses help the poet create the fiction of the reality of the pilgrim's experience.
There are several "larger" moments of aposiopeses in the poem that refer to whole discussions that for various reasons the poet has "edited out.
Is this lost discourse "recuperated," as with other aposiopeses, in discourses dispersed throughout the poem, in this case, in the conversations between the pilgrim and Virgil?
Yet besides colluding with the prophetic fiction of the poem and thus heightening the status of the poet as having privileged insight, one must ask: do these aposiopeses, rather than filtering out the personal histories of souls, implicate them in the conversion story of the pilgrim?
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.