Prosapodosis is a grammatical technique, particularly a kind of ‘eutrepismusOpens in new window’ where every points or divisions of a statement is followed with causative agents or reasons for each point in the statement. The reason is usually supplied in parallel structure.
Notable Examples of Prosapodosis
We complain …secondly, of the blue-fire melo-dramatic aspect of the revolving sword; thirdly, of the duplicate nature of the sword, which, if steel, and sufficiently enflamed to do service in burning, would, perhaps, have been in no temper to cut; and on the other hand, if sufficiently cool to have an edge, would have accomplished little in the way of scorching a personage so well accustomed to fire and brimstone and all that, as we have very good reason to believe Lucifer was.
— (Review of The Drama of Exile, 12:7)
“As I am man, my state is desperate for my master love:
As I am woman (now alas the day)
What trifles sighs shall poor Olivia breathe?
O time, thou must untangle this, not I,
It is too hard a knot for me t’untie.”
— (Shakespeare, 12th Night Act II, Scene II (2,2))