My Big, Fat Sentence

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"The periodic sentence[...] is not complete in either syntax or sense until its end" (Hamilton 190).

I don't know what to think about periodic sentences.  The sentences are long, but they do help build interest in a story.  Are these sentences too wordy or are they just right?  What do you guys think?

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I wrote my blog on this literary term.
I really like them, I think these kids of sentences are very useful for a surprise element.
I enjoy how they keep leading you along until you finally get to the end and you get that "Surprise!" kind of feeling.
At least I do.

I agree with Jessie. It is nice to read something and reach the end of the sentence and BAM! you get the answers to all of your questions. However, you do have to be cautious when using these because they can lose the interest of the reader. Charles Dickens has this problem.

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