The philosophy of the periodic sentence has been best stated by Herbert Spencer.
A periodic sentence holds the meaning in suspense till the close.
The effectiveness of the periodic sentence arises from the prominence which it gives to the main statement.
The periodic sentence is generally so massed that the end contains words of distinction, and the sentence forms a climax.
Theoretically the periodic sentence is better than the loose sentence; for it economizes attention.
Dangling participles, trailing relatives, and straggling generalities can find no chance to hang on to a periodic sentence.
The distinctive feature in the composition of Isocrates is his structure of the periodic sentence.