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English Stylistics Class 2013. Climax-Anticlimax; Polysendeton- Asyndeton

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Deference between asyndetond and polysendeton

When conjunctions (but, for, so, or, and) are done away with after every successive clause or phrase for effect, then it’s called asyndeton.  It is the opposite of polysyndeton.The word asyndeton comes from Greek asyndetos meaning “not bound together”.

When conjunctions (and, or, but, so, yet, for) are used in close succession even when they are not required, then it’s called polysyndeton. It is usually used for emphasis and rhythm. The word polysyndeton comes from Greek polysyndetos meaning “bound together”.

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CLIMAX (GRADATION) - This figure of inequality consists in arranging the utterance so that each subsequent component of it increases significance, importance or emotional tension of narration.

ANTICLIMAX - It consists in arranging the utterance so that each subsequent com¬ponent of it decreases significance, importance or emotional tension of narration.

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