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  1. Polysyndeton • Definition:The repetition of conjunctions such as “and”, “or”, “for” and “but” in close succession, especially when most of them could be replaced with a comma. • Compare: • “He is brave and honest and good and decent.”  • “He is brave, honest, good and decent.”

  2. Polysyndeton • Definition:The repetition of conjunctions such as “and”, “or”, “for” and “but” in close succession, especially when most of them could be replaced with a comma. • Compare: • “He is brave and honest and good and decent.”  • “He is brave, honest, good and decent.”

  3. Polysyndeton • Effect: • The repetition of the conjunctions adds power to the other words. • Polysyndetonslows down the pace of the sentence. • It can add rhythm and cadence to a sentence or series of sentences. • There is a feeling that the ideas are piling on top of each other, building up.

  4. Polysyndeton Examples: • “In years gone by, there were in every community men and women who spoke the language of duty and morality and loyalty and obligation.”— William F. Buckley • “Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war — not history’s forces, nor the times,nor justice, nor the lack of it, nor causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor kinds of government, nor any other thing. We are the killers. We breed wars.”      — Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter (1968) • “It’s got awesome security. And the right apps. It’s got everything from Cocoa and the graphics and it’s got core animation built in and it’s got the audio and video that OSX is famous for. It’s got all the stuff we want.” — Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007 Keynote Address

  5. Based on your understanding of POLYSYNDETON, which of the following would you guess shows ASYNDETON. • Freak of fancy in my friend. – Edgar Allan Poe • I am Lazarus, come from the dead. – TS Eliot • ...that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. - John F. Kennedy • I hated Boy Scouts. I hated camping out. I hated dirt and tents and mosquitoes. – Tim O’Brien