An Introduction to Hypozeugma
Hypozeugma (derived from the Greek combination ‘hypo’ “slightly” and ‘zeugma’ “yoke or join” in which some rhetorician literally termed as “the rearwarder”), is a kind of zeugma in which the word or phraseOpens in new window that serves all the clauses in a syntactical construction are placed at the end of the construction.
In a typical construction of hypozeugma, the linking word(s) follows after the words it connects.
- ‘Hours, days, weeks, months, and years seemed to slip away’.
Without the hypozeugma this would read:
- “Hours seemed to slip away, days seemed to slip away, weeks seemed to slip away.
Hypozeugma like its other zeugma-siblings serves to unite separate lines and clauses within those lines; and this strongly suggests continuity and congruity of sense.
The words “was never found more faithful than Euphues will be to his Philautus.” serves all the preceding clauses, in one sense and congruity.
The phrase “lend me your ears” serves all the words that come, in one single sense agreement .