Elements of Eloquence Single Line Challenge, Chapter 11: Hypotaxis, Parataxis, Asyndeton and Polysyndeton
You really must read this chapter. This is where the bulk of linguistic passion is deposited – this and the final bit, the Peroration.
It seems I’m on the verge of violating the terms of Fair Use, so I won’t spell things out this time. Read the chapter! It will do you good!
We have two pairs of opposites: Hypotaxis and Parataxis are the first; and Asyndeton and Polysyndeton are the second. I’m pretty sure Parataxis requires Polysyndeton. But Hypotaxis appears to be possible with either variety of Syndeton.
Enjoy your reading and writing. Having several times read and re-read this chapter myself, I now intend to challenge myself with the pleasant duty of writing several prose sentences in the various methods laid out here.
BTW, is all formal verse Polysyndeton?
There came at last,by me. means nothing at all. just a bit of fun.
and far too fast,
(or so they say
who fell that day)
a sound, a sound,
a mighty sound,
that thundered roundly
from the ground;
and up they came,
the desperate dead;
and up they chucked,
the sons of Red.