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Anaphora & Epistrophe

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Transcript of Anaphora & Epistrophe

Anaphora & Epistrophe
Anaphora
repetition of a word or group of words at the
beginning
of successive sentences or clauses
Anaphora in Poetry
Epistrophe
epistrophe forms the counterpart to anaphora -

repetition of a word or group of words at the
end
of successive phrases
VS.
I do not like
them Sam-I-am.
I do not like
green eggs and ham.
— Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham
We shall
not flag or fail.
We shall
go on to the end.
We shall
fight in France,
we shall fight
on the seas and oceans,
we shall

fight
with growing confidence and growing strength in the air,
we shall
defend our island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall

fight
on the beaches,
we shall fight
on the landing grounds,
we shall fight
in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight
in the hills.
We shall
never surrender.
— Winston Churchill
I Have a Dream Speech

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Anaphora in Politics
Epistrophe in Poetry
One
fish
two
fish
red
fish
blue
fish
— Dr. Seuss
Epistrophe in Politics
... this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of
the people
, by
the people
, for
the people
, shall not perish from the earth.

— Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address
Purpose of Anaphora & Epistrophe
These literary devices are used to
place emphasis
on an idea or subject in a piece of literature.

Authors use it for multiple applications such as in
poetry, politics and speeches, songs, and proverbs
.

An anaphora or epistrophe is used to create a climatic build that usually leads to the most important point being demonstrated.
Anaphora in Songs
Far Away - Nickelback
Epistrophe in Songs
Thou Shalt Always Kill
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