Asyndeton is a figure which keepeth the parts of speech together without the helpe of any conjunction.
An example of Caesar, where he saith, I came, I saw, I overcame. Another of Cicero: Neither did he thinke any thing wel accomplished which he commanded: for there was nothing which he him selfe would not take in hand, prevent, labour, he was able to suffer cold, thirst, hunger.
An example of Scripture: “For in her is the spirit of understanding, which is holy, the onely begotten, manifold, subtle, moveable, cleare, undefiled, evident, harmelesse, loving the good, & c.” Sapien.7.22.
The use of this figure.
1.To avoyd often repetition of one word.
This forme of speech is chiefly used to avoyd the the tedious repeating of a conjunction, partly fo rhte better sound of the speech,
and partly for expedition and brevitie, and it serveth most fitly to
3.Knitting like things together.
utter things of like nature.
The greatest fault that may be committed in this figure is, when it uttereth contraries, as if one should say, pleasaure paine, peace warre, life death, it were very unapt in sense, and ill sounding in the eare.