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Polysyndeton

Polysyndeton (pol-y-syn’-de-ton): Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm. (Asyndeton is the opposite of polysyndeton: an absence of conjunctions.)


It was a full moon. I looked out the window, and I saw a tree, and a folded up newspaper, and a bicycle, and a lawn grown out of control and I was shocked, and stunned, and panic stricken. I had just mowed the lawn three weeks ago. How did it grow a foot? I’m afraid the lawn vigilantes will get me. They travel the neighborhood at night looking for unruly lawns. They have a fleet of rotary gasoline push mowers with blades set to ground zero. When you hear them starting outside your house, you know your free-range lawn is about to be scalped down to the dirt. It takes months to grow a new lawn, but the lesson is learned: keep your lawn neatly trimmed.

Then I heard the dreaded sound: the fleet of vigilante lawnmowers cranking up. Suddenly they went silent and I heard revved-up weed eaters coming into my yard. It was the resistance—the handful of brave neighbors moving toward the vigilantes in a tight formation holding their roaring weed eaters like lances aimed at the vigilantes’ faces. The vigilantes broke and ran, leaving their mowers behind, driving off in their Jeep Cherokees, Lincoln Navigators, and Ford Explorers. The resistance shut off their weed eaters and stealthily receded through the shrubs planted around my property’s border.

I vowed to mow my lawn the next day. I laughed as I piled up the vigilante lawnmowers in the gutter in front of my house. I had taken their gas caps off and was going to set them on fire. Up they went! Then, boom, one of them exploded. I had forgotten to remove one of the mowers’ gas caps. My shoe caught fire. Instead of stop, drop, and roll, I ran for the garden hose on the side of my house. I put out the fire and called 911. After two weeks in the hospital I came home. Somebody had mowed my lawn and the pile of burnt lawnmowers in the gutter had been hauled away. Marion Phipps, my college professor neighbor, was there to greet me when I got home. We embraced, and embraced some more, and a little bit more. I showed her the video I had made of “The Battle of the Lawn.” Then, we watched some TV, and had a few drinks, and listened to some music, and talked. Eventually, we got married. When he grows up, our son will mow the lawn once a week. In the meantime, Marion is in charge of lawn mowing.


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Polysyndeton

Polysyndeton (pol-y-syn’-de-ton): Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm. (Asyndeton is the opposite of polysyndeton: an absence of conjunctions.)


He huffed and he puffed and he fell on the floor, and he looked up at the ceiling and he said “Wow” and he tried to get up and he couldn’t. So his wife put a blanket over him and he fell asleep and he dreamed he was a cannoli orbiting Earth.


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Polysyndeton

Polysyndeton (pol-y-syn’-de-ton): Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm. (Asyndeton is the opposite of polysyndeton: an absence of conjunctions.)

The witnesses testified, and testified, and testified, and testified, and testified and clearly told the truth. The Republicans postured, and played at histrionics, and affected righteous indignation, and were rude to the American patriots who had come forward in service of our Republic.

The contrast was startling. What the Republicans did reflected what they believe their supporters wanted to hear and how they wanted to hear it: rude and accusatory monologues that didn’t really depend on witness testimony, but instead, on foregone conclusions constituting the party line. Their presence was a distraction and they knew it. They have poorly served the American people and should be put on the witness stand and asked why they said what they said, and why they said it the way they did. I think the truth is: To subvert justice.

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Polysyndeton

Polysyndeton (pol-y-syn’-de-ton): Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm. (Asyndeton is the opposite of polysyndeton: an absence of conjunctions.)

I woke up and rolled around, and then got out of bed, and then went into the kitchen, and brewed some coffee, and drank a cup, and started to become REALLY awake, and then I sliced a piece of coffee cake and stuffed it in my face, and I settled in to watch my favorite cartoon shows!

Sunday morning. Sleeping until noon and relaxing all day long in my bathrobe, and watching junk TV. What could be better? Monday morning? Ha! Ha! Never in a million years!

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Polysyndeton

Polysyndeton (pol-y-syn’-de-ton): Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm. (Asyndeton is the opposite of polysyndeton: an absence of conjunctions.)

Look, you took my words and you distorted them, and you broadcast them all over the world, and you wouldn’t shut up, and you poisoned so many minds, and you call it journalism. 

I call it unfair, unconscionable, unprofessional, and downright disgusting. 

You reporters should receive some sort of punishment for asking me questions when you know I haven’t been told the ‘best’ answer beforehand.  I don’t know how to deal with this complicated abortion crap, and you know it! Like I said, it’s unfair and disgusting.

Chris Matthews, you should be ashamed.

I just bought MSNBC and you’re fired!

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Polysyndeton

Polysyndeton (pol-y-syn’-de-ton): Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm. (Asyndeton is the opposite of polysyndeton: an absence of conjunctions.)

We saw the problem clearly, and we made a plan to fix it, and we found a way to capture the resources to enable the plan’s implementation, and we implemented the plan, and after all we said, and all we did, we did have our hope fulfilled, and after 18 years of struggle our lives have returned to normal, and our community, our beautiful community, is restored.

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Polysyndeton

Polysyndeton (pol-y-syn’-de-ton): Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm. (Asyndeton is the opposite of polysyndeton: an absence of conjunctions.)

They huffed, and puffed, and huffed, and huffed, and huffed, and puffed, and spit, and yelled, and made fair and balanced wise cracks on Fox News, and called it Obamacare, but they couldn’t blow down The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Will the Supreme Court demolish it for them?

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Polysyndeton

Polysyndeton (pol-y-syn’-de-ton): Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm. (Asyndeton is the opposite of polysyndeton: an absence of conjunctions.)

Over one month ago the oil rig Deep Horizon exploded and 11 people were killed, and the oil still gushes from the blown out well–barrels and barrels and barrels and barrels of water-polluting, and wildlife-killing, and coastline-wrecking oil.  And soon, the hurricanes will come, and nobody knows what the combination of 120+ mph winds, and surging sea water, and millions of gallons of oil will do to the Gulf of Mexico and its contiguous shorelines. One thing is for certain though: our nation’s dependence on fossil fuel (for profit and power) trumps all the imaginable catastrophic consequences of crude oil flowing up from beneath the sea through 5,000 feet of pipe.

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Polysyndeton

Polysyndeton (pol-y-syn’-de-ton): Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm. (Asyndeton is the opposite of polysyndeton: an absence of conjunctions.)

Over four years ago we held hearings, and we were shown evidence, and we deliberated, and a decision was made, and we went to war. And recently, we held more hearings and evidence was shown, and we deliberated, and again, a decision was made.  And so, the war continues.

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