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  1. Polysyndeton By Caleb Youngdahl

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. Fun Fact • The word “Polysyndeton” is not considered a word in 2010 PowerPoint. But it is in fact a word.