Definitions for parataxisˌpær əˈtæk sɪs
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word parataxis
Speech or writing in which clauses or phrases are placed together without being separated by conjunctions, for example "I came; I saw; I conquered".
The juxtaposition of two images or fragments, usually starkly dissimilar, without a clear connection
In Greek political system: coalition, "partisan camp"
Origin: From παράταξις, from παρα- + τάξις.
the mere ranging of propositions one after another, without indicating their connection or interdependence; -- opposed to syntax
Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. a placing beside, fr. to place beside.]
Parataxis is a literary technique, in writing or speaking, that favors short, simple sentences, with the use of coordinating rather than subordinating conjunctions. It is also used to describe a technique in poetry in which two images or fragments, usually starkly dissimilar images or fragments, are juxtaposed without a clear connection. Readers are then left to make their own connections implied by the paratactic syntax. Ezra Pound, in his adaptation of Chinese and Japanese poetry, made the stark juxtaposition of images an important part of English language poetry.
Find a translation for the parataxis definition in other languages:
Select another language: