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Asyndeton and Polysyndeton
Transcript of Asyndeton and Polysyndeton
Kennedy, Piya, and Phillip
What is an asyndeton?
Asyndeton is a writing style in which conjunctions are omitted completely in a series of words, phrases, or clauses. It comes from the Greek word, meaning "unconnected."
so How is it effective?
examples for Asyndeton!
"With this faith we will be able
to work together, to pray
together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together
, knowing that we will be free one day." -MLK Jr. "I Have a Dream" Speech
When using asyndeton, the writer speeds up the rhythm
of the passage and a single idea tends to be more memorable. In asyndeton, there can be a feeling of parallelism or emphasis.
Polysyndetons are the complete opposite of asyndetons. Polysyndeton is a literary technique in which conjunctions are used repeatedly in quick succession. It comes from the Greek word, meaning "bound together."
Notice how it creates more drama and emphasis without the conjunctions in between.
what are some examples of Polysyndeton?
"...the rough places will be made plain,
the crooked places will be made straight,
the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
all flesh shall see it together."
-MLK Jr. "I Have a Dream" Speech
I'll bleed out for you
So I bare my skin
I count my sins
I close my eyes
I take it in
I'm bleeding out
What effect does it create?
Now let's see if you can identify the asyndeton or polysyndeton in each
of the following songs. Read the lyrics to help you out!
The overuse of conjunctions in close succession helps to achieve rhythm. Polysyndeton gives equal importance to every element in the list. Also, it gives the sense that the list is just building and building on itself.
Notice how the repetition of the conjunctions adds power to the other words and slows down the pace of the sentence.
let's take a look at
some examples for
Asyndeton vs Polysyndeton
the omission of conjunctions
"We lived, laughed, loved."
"I came, I saw, I conquered."
a series of words, phrases, or clauses that is connected with the repeated use of the same conjunction, often "and"
"We lived and laughed and loved."
"I came and I saw and I conquered."
If I Die Young - The Band Perry
If I die young,
Bury me in satin,
Lay me down on a bed of roses,
Sink me in a river at dawn,
Send me away with the words of a love song.
Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble
And I know that we can be so amazing
And being in your life is gonna change me
And now I can see every single possibility
And someday I know it'll all turn out
And I'll work, to work it out