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Polysyndeton Poly Sin Di Ton Polysyndeton is the use of a conjunction between each word phrase or clause and is thus structurally the opposite of asyndeton The rhetorical effect of polysyndeton however often shares with that of asyndeton a feeling of multiplicity energetic enumeration and building up They read and studied and wrote and drilled I laughed and played and talked and flunked Use polysyndeton to show an attempt to encompass something complex The water like a witchs oils Burnt green and blue and white He pursues his way And swims or sinks or wades or creeps or flies The multiple conjunctions of the polysyndetic structure call attention to themselves and therefore add the effect of persistence or intensity or emphasis to the other effect of multiplicity The repeated use of nor or or emphasizes alternatives repeated use of but or yet stresses qualifications Examples of these effect And to set forth the right standard and to train according to it and to help forward all students towards it according to their various capacities this I conceive to be the business of a University We have not power nor influence nor money nor authority but a willingness to persevere and the hope that we shall conquer soon Using polysyndeton skillfully a shift from polysyndeton to asyndeton can be very impressive Behold the Lord maketh the earth empty and maketh it waste and turneth it upside down and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof And it shall be as with the people so with the priest as with the servant so with his master as with the maid so with her mistress as with the buyer so with the seller as with the lender so with the borrower as with the taker of usury so with the giver of usury to him --Isaiah 241-2 KJV I said Who killed him and he said
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