Meaning of Polysyndeton

What is Polysyndeton:

The polysyndeton, in rhetoric, is a literary figure that consists of the repeated use of a conjunction to give greater expressive force to a text.

The word, as such, comes from Latin polysindĕton, which in turn comes from the Greek πολυσύνδετον (polysýndeton).

This particular rhetorical figure is characterized by the fact that it uses more conjunctions than are usually used in speech.

Conjunctions are words that are used to link words, phrases, or propositions in an enumeration. They are conjunctions Y, neither, good, that, but, otherwise, why, among other.

In ordinary language, conjunctions are used, above all, to link the last two elements. For example: Luis, Marta, Patricia, Raquel and Pablo came to the party.

However, in the polysyndeton, conjunctions are used before each element, either for emphasis or to reinforce expressiveness.

For instance:

As such, it produces very varied effects: it can endow the speech with solemnity or gravity (first example), as well as give a feeling of calm (second) or, on the contrary, of rapture (third).

The opposite figure to the polysyndeton is the asyndeton, which supposes the omission of the conjunctions instead of their profusion.

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