Polysyndenton

Syntax Technique

Definition

The use of multiple coordinating conjunctions to create a sense of rhythm or a tone of excitement and energy.

Explanation

The term pushes the reader through the text, using a build-up of emotion due to the conjunctions. Polysyndenton helps when describing characters or when talking about multiple subjects at one time.

Literature Example

"Mr. Hyde was pale and dwarfish, he gave an impression of deformity without any nameable malformation, he had a displeasing smile, he had borne himself to the lawyer with a sort of murderous mixture of timidity and boldness, and he spoke with a husky, whispering and somewhat broken voice; all these were points against him, but not all of these together could explain the hitherto unknown disgust, loathing, and fear with which Mr. Utterson regarded him."

-The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson.

Pop Culture Examples

"I put it in park, and grabbed my guitar, and strummed a couple chords, and sang from my heart."

-Cruise. Florida Georgia Line.


"On the other side of a street I knew, stood a girl that looked like you. I guess that's deja vu, but I thought this can't be true cause, you moved to west L.A. or, New York or, Santa Fe or, wherever to get away from me."

-Drive By. Train.

English Class Example

"I'm fourty-three years old, and a writer now, and the war has been over for a long while. Much of it is hard to remember. I sit at this typewriter and stare through my words and watch Kiowa sinking into the deep muck of a shit field, or Curt Lemon hanging in pieces from a tree, and as I write about these things, the remembering has turned into a kind of rehappening."

-The Things They Carried. Tim O'Brien.

By: Cody Allen Mallo