Asyndeton features heavily in "Warming Her Pearls," where it helps to create a dreamlike mood. The lack of conjunctions—words like "but" and "and"—allows images and ideas to flow into one another without interruption. As a result, the reader organically follows the speaker's trains of thought as she fantasizes about her mistress.
Asyndeton first appears in line 2, where helps maintain the trochaic DA-dum DA-dum rhythm, building momentum at the poem's outset. At the same time, it creates sonic interest through consonant /w/ and /r/ sounds as well as the repetition of "them" (an example of epistrophe):
bids me wear them, warm them, until evening
The next few examples of asyndeton are introduced by the statements "I think of her" and "I dream about her [...] picture her," indicating that the coming scenes live in the speaker's imagination. Here, asyndeton builds a mood that is consistent with her frame of mind. For example, in stanza 3, the speaker focuses initially on the image of her mistress dancing. Her focus then broadens slightly to capture the men with whom she dances and their confused expressions, then drifts to more abstract sensory details—her own scent, then the scent of her mistress's perfume—before settling on the pearls.
The speaker connects these images with commas rather than conjunctions and other grammatical elements that would add clarity at the expense of lyricism. Consider, for instance, how different these lines would sound if they did use conjunctions:
in my attic bed and picture her dancing
with tall men who are puzzled by my faint, persistent scent,
beneath her French perfume and her milky stones."
Such structuring would create one large scene with depth and realism, instead of the effusive, drifting thoughts that flow throughout the poem. In other words, asyndeton places images side by side rather than in a linear order, so that the reader meanders among coexisting, chronologically ambiguous vignettes. Therefore, reading the poem feels like being immersed in the speaker's thoughts, providing greater access to her frame of mind.