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Asyndeton + Chiasmus

A couple of nice examples of asyndetic chiasmus close together in Aeneid 1.

First, Aeneas climbs a rock to look for the ships of his comrades. He doesn’t see them, but he sees three stags wandering on the shore:

navem in conspectu nullam, tris litore cervos (1.184)

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Shortly thereafter, Aeneas tries to encourage his men, but secretly is less hopeful:

spem vultu simulat, premit altum corde dolorem (1.209)

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