Asyndeton and Polysyndeton Use of Conjunctions
Asyndeton: O mighty Caesar! dost thou lie so low? Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils Shrunk to this little measure? ~Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. ~Spinoza A cathedral, a wave of a storm, a dancer’s leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped. ~Proust a list or a series in which no and is used at all; rather, the items are separated by commas. What’s the effect?
Polysyndeton: A list or series of words, phrases, or clauses that is connected with the repeated use of the same conjunction (usually and / or) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; And I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish. ~John 10:27 When men drink, then they are rich and successful and win lawsuits and are happy and help their friends. Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine. ~Aristophanes When you are old and gray and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book ~Yeats What’s the effect?