| from Gk. periodos “going
ambitus, circumductum, continuatio, conclusio, hirmus
The periodic sentence, characterized by the suspension of the completion of sense until its end. This has been more possible and favored in Greek and Latin, languages already favoring the end position for the verb, but has been approximated in uninflected languages such as English.
Note the long delay prior to the occurrence of the sentence's main verb ("sing"):
Of man's first disobedience and the fruit
John Milton, Paradise Lost