Thursday, May 01, 2003

Polysyndetons with Geoff Nunberg and Peggy Noonan
Polysyndetons --not to mention asyndetons, anaphora, antithetons-- are figures of speech that I didn't learn about in my Indian Jesuit high school, where I did learn about metaphors, similes, synecdoches and metonymies. (Can anyone really tell the difference between the last two?). Geoff Nunberg in this essay (text or audio) on Fresh Air notes that the Right, e.g. Noonan, tends to use polysyndetons more than the Left. If you'd like to investigate more rhetorical devices, Silva Rhetoricae has an excellent set of essays and definitions. Thanks to Butterflies and Wheels for the links.


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