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There’s Parataxis, and Then There’s Hypotaxis


http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2013/08/07/parataxis-and-hypotaxis/

"How do these devices influence literary style? Especially in poetry, parataxis allows a writer to array fragments that work off each other in ways the reader is left to figure out. Parataxis, especially with the coordinating conjunctions, makes prose less narratively precise, more discursive. Hypotaxis, on the other hand, ratchets up the tension in sentences, allowing details to accrue and then crack with drama."
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Enjoyed this a lot, Libra. Thanks for it,

Chris
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Yes, indeed. Thanks. Yet another illustration of how crafting, word-smithing, truly is a kind of sculpting in language. And when the writer proceeds in these ways, as in many others, such as operating synesthetically, without knowing it, when the act becomes pre-conscious, that's when you know you own your materials, you've made it. Good stuff.

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