Periodic Structure

Periodic structure involves structuring a sentence or paragraph so that the main point or idea is not revealed until the end. This creates a sense of suspense and anticipation for the reader, as they are kept in suspense until the end of the sentence or paragraph. Periodic structure is often used in persuasive writing, speeches, and other forms of rhetoric to create a sense of drama and emphasize key points. By delaying the reveal of the main idea, writers can build tension and engage the reader more deeply in their message.

Examples of periodic structure:

“After a long, treacherous journey through the mountains, facing harsh weather and dangerous terrain, we finally arrived at our destination: the summit of Mount Everest.”

“With bated breath and pounding heart, she stepped onto the stage, facing the bright lights and expectant crowd, ready to deliver her speech and claim her place in history.”

“Through years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice, he had finally achieved his dream: to become a successful business owner and provide for his family.”

“As the sun began to set and the sky turned shades of orange and pink, we knew that our time together was coming to an end, and we savored every moment of the beautiful sunset.”

“In the face of adversity, hardship, and despair, we must remember the power of hope, the resilience of the human spirit, and the unbreakable bond of love.”


2 thoughts on “Periodic Structure”

  1. Reminds me of German
    Often in the German langauge, (past perfect, future tense, past imperfect, modal verbs, etc.) you won’t find ou the action until the end of the sentance.
    In example, in the present tense, you could say, “Ich fliege nach Deutschland” (Literally translated: I fly to Germany). In the future tense, it would be “Ich werde nach Deutschland fliegen” (Literally translated: I will to Germany fly). I could give more examples just like that for the tenses mentioned earlier, but they’re generally the same.

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