Here's a tricky sentence from a micro-story i posted in the short stories section of this site. What do you think of it? Here's my analysis: [Are you the remnants of a friend] (who, in the peak of a nightmare where he cycles away from impending death,) [has awoken], (robbing the body you now inhabit of impetus,) (and leaving only a bicycle and a faint whiff of fear as evidence?) Are you (a)[he] who (b) has awoken (c) (d)? a.) Complex Subject: the remnants of a friend b.) Parenthetical with Subordinate Clause: (in the peak of a nightmare) where (he cycles away (from impending death)) c.) Modifier with complex object: robbing [the body you now inhabit] of impetus d.) Modifier with complex object: leaving [only a bicycle and a faint whiff of fear] as evidence Now that I've analyzed it, it is quite elegant. Notice the parallel construction of the modifiers c and d. Notice the parallel structure of a and the object of c. It's also key how the sentence is chronologically ordered: First, "you are a friend", second "who had a nightmare", third "cycling away from impending death", fourth "awakens", fifth "robbing impetus and leaving the bicycle." To restructure those would make the sentence even MORE confusing, because the chronology would be distorted.