An Introduction to Articulus

Articulus is a literary device that deals with placement of words or phrases together without any conjunctions separating them; mostly done to achieve pace and brevity. This is closely related to AsyndetonOpens in new window.

Notable Examples of Articulus
  • “I will make them to be a reproofe, a proverbe, a scorne, a shame, I will make them desolate, wast, despised, hissed at, and accurssed.”
  • — Jerem.5.
  • “We must…hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.”
  • — US Declaration of Independence.
  • “My friends and faithful souldiers, now is the time to shew your selves valiant, couragious, hardie, bold, & constant, considering for what value you shal fight, for your religion, for your wives, your children, your goods, your libertie, your lives, and your countrie, either to die with honor, or live with renown.”
  • — Heny Perseus.

This device is closely related to Asyndeton (which omits conjunction). However, articulus differs from asyndeton, because asyndetonOpens in new window deals with the omission of Conjunctions for any number of Rhetorical effects, whereas articulus is specifically a removal of conjunctionsOpens in new window for the sake of pace.

Further Readings:
Silva Rhetoricae: Articulus Opens in new window
Gregory T. Howard — Dictionary Of Rhetorical Terms: Articulus Opens in new window
Henry Peachum — The Garden of Eloquence (1593): Schemas: Articulus Opens in new window