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Devices for Repetition. Don’t be repetitive, but use repetition. Repetition devices can lead the reader to pay closer attention to key ideas in the writing Helps audience see the writer as purposeful, forceful, or artistic. Devices.

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don t be repetitive but use repetition
Don’t be repetitive, but use repetition
  • Repetition devices can lead the reader to pay closer attention to key ideas in the writing
    • Helps audience see the writer as purposeful, forceful, or artistic
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Devices
  • Anaphora: Repetition of the same group of words at the beginning of successive clauses
    • Exercise builds stamina in young children; exercise builds stamina in teenagers and adults; exercise builds stamina in older adults and senior citizens.
  • Epistrophe: Repetition of the same group of words at the end of successive clauses.
    • To become a top-notch player, I thought like an athlete; I trained like an athlete; I ate like an athlete.
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  • Anadiplosis: Repetition of the last word of one clause at the beginning of the following clause.
    • Mental preparation leads to training; training builds muscle tone and coordination; muscle tone and coordination, combined with focused thinking, produces athletic excellence.
    • Anadiplosis is combined with climax here for a technique called “climbing the ladder”
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Devices
  • Epanalepsis: Repeating the same word or phrase from the beginning of a line, phrase, or clause at the end of the segment.
    • “A lie begets a lie.” –English proverb
    • “To each the boulders that have fallen to each.” –Robert Frost
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Devices
  • Antimetabole: Reversing the order of repeated words or phrases to intensify the final formation, to present alternatives, or to show contrast.
    • All work and no play is as harmful to mental health as all play and no work.
    • Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
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