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  1. Polysyndeton and syndetonare nothing more than different ways of handling a list or a series. Polysyndeton places a conjunction (and, or) after every term in the list (except, of course, the last). Asyndeton uses no conjunctions and separates the terms of the list with commas. Both differ from the conventional treatment of lists and series, which is to use only commas between all items except the last two, these being joined by a conjunction (with or without a comma--it is optional).(Thomas S. Kane, The New Oxford Guide to Writing. Oxford University Press, 1988) Polysyndeton

  2. Polysyndeton & Syndeton "I don't care a fig for his sense of justice--I don't care a fig for the wretchedness of London; and if I were young, and beautiful, and clever, and brilliant, and of a noble position, like you, I should care still less."(Henry James, The Princess Casamassima, 1886) --------------------------------------------------------------------"You are talking to a man who has laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom, and chuckled at catastrophe."(The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, 1939)

  3. Asyndeton "Speed up the film, Montag, quick. Click, Pic, Look, Eye, Now, Flick, Here, There, Swift, Pace, Up, Down, In, Out, Why, How, Who, What, Where, Eh? Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom!"(Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, 1953) -------------------------------------------------------------------- "I have found the warm caves in the woods,filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,closets, silks, innumerable goods"(Anne Sexton, "Her Kind")