Polysyndeton By Caleb Youngdahl
What does it mean? • A polysyndeton is when several conjunctions are used in rapid succession, particularly when they don’t necessarily need to be there.
Example • Shakespeare uses polysyndeton’s quite frequently. Here are a few examples. • "If there be cords, or knives, or poison, or fire, or suffocating streams, I'll not endure it” (Othello) • "Your love says, like an honest gentleman, and a courteous, and a kind, and a handsome, and, I warrant, a virtuous-where is your mother?“ (Romeo and Juliet) • There are also many celebrities that use them when they thank people in their Grammy acceptance speeches.
Antonym • The antonym of a polysyndeton is an asyndeton. • An asyndeton is a coordination containing no conjunctions. • Ex. "We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardships, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." (John F. Kennedy)
Fun Fact • The word “Polysyndeton” is not considered a word in 2010 PowerPoint. But it is in fact a word.