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Related to polysyndeton: polyptoton, epistrophe


The repetition of conjunctions in close succession for rhetorical effect, as in the phrase here and there and everywhere.

[Late Greek polusundeton, from neuter of polusundetos, using many connectives : Greek polu-, poly- + Greek sundetos, bound together; see syndetic.]
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1. (Rhetoric) rhetoric the use of several conjunctions in close succession, esp where some might be omitted, as in he ran and jumped and laughed for joy
2. (Grammar) grammar Also called: syndesis a sentence containing more than two coordinate clauses
[C16: poly- + -syndeton, from Greek sundetos bound together]
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(ˌpɒl iˈsɪn dɪˌtɒn, -tən)

the use of a number of conjunctions in close succession.
[1580–90; < New Latin]
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The use of several conjunctions one after another to create an effect, as “smiling and waving and dancing up and down.”
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Noun1.polysyndeton - using several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted (as in `he ran and jumped and laughed for joy')
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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30]), intertextual echoes, rhetorical devices (zeugma or polysyndeton, anyone?), elusive puns, and much, much more.
Since the conventions of narrative theory inadequately account for such ambiguities, Owens-Murphy enlists the "key tropes" (xi) of lyric--"repetition, polysyndeton, metaphor, dramatic personae, and exclusive address" (xi)--as tools for providing insight into the formal maneuvers of American novels.
In some instances, the narrator accelerates syntactic cadence through asyndeton, as in "we lift the cup, shake the hand, express the hope" and "know, share, be certain." More characteristic than asyndeton's accelerations is the narrator's reliance on polysyndeton. Sixteen "and's" connect different parts of the clauses, along with three "yet's" and one "but," the "yet's" all appearing in the second paragraph as the narrator's doubts intensify.
First, they were named by the Greeks and have kept the Greek terminology--isocolon, anastrophe, polysyndeton, etc.
The second is not so easy to classify, but obviously terms shadow, flames, blood, and book appear twice, in the same order, the first time spread out between two clauses and the second time in a polysyndeton in the third clause.
Rhetorical devices such as parataxis, anaphora, polysyndeton, asyndeton, and other parallelisms have come to govern the placement of the verbalized objects in relation to one another, all within the strictures of rhymed verse.
How is it that Greenaway always conjures up excess, ritual, and the unrolling of terms like analepsys, synesthesia, and polysyndeton? What is needed here is another Greek word: antidote.
Oh well, Al's restriction totally forbids polysyndeton anyway.
As far as the linguistic level is concerned, it is possible to point out: (a) parallelisms and echoes: &lt;b&gt; emphatic articulation through polysyndeton (the coordinating conjunction "and" is used 16 times, "or" 7 times, and there are 8 concessive conjunctions); (c) negativity (17 negative words such as "not" or "never"); (d) word recurrences: "dog." "father," and "mother" ("dog" appears 23 times, but together with its synonyms--"pal," "spitz," and "mutt"--there are 42 occurrences).
And the use of many ands they called polysyndeton, And they did use childish repetition and heap-plenty parallelism, And dehortatio, whereby they did exhort the people not to do this or that, And adhortatio, whereby they did exhort the people to do this or that, And finally a particularly annoying device of repetition: And palindrome was the name of the device, And the device was of the name of palindrome.
At other points Phelan underestimates Heine's irony, such as in the third stanza of Heimkehr III, where the idyll is surely undercut by the polysyndeton of the final two lines.