Re: Titus 1:7 -- Polysyndeton?

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Tue May 30 2000 - 11:05:31 EDT

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<div>At 4:17 PM +0200 5/30/00, Kevin Smith wrote:</div>
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<blockquote type="cite" cite><font size="-1">MH AUQADH, MH ORGILON,
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<blockquote type="cite" cite><font size="-1">Is the 5-fold repetion
of MH an example of polysyndeton (see BDF #460.3) or is it
grammatically required? What follows in 1:8 is surely an example of
asyndeton (BDF #460.2). It seems as if the author is deliberately
using contrasting devices&nbsp;to strengthen the&nbsp;contrast
between the two lists, the vices and the virtues.</font></blockquote>
<div>Yes, I'd call this a pretty clear instance of of polysyndeton
inasmuch as every word negated is a predicate word, and you are
surely right to mark 1:8 as displaying asyndeton. Yes, I think this
is rhetorically deliberate and emphatic.</div>

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