No, no, no!
How many times have a said that to myself when editing my work? I’ll see needless repetition, shake my head while muttering those words, and rework things to get rid of the redundancy.
However, repetition can serve us as writers.
I have a plaque on my office wall bearing a famous quotation by Winston Churchill . . .
Masterful, memorable, and effective.
Anaphora (a-naf-er-a) is the repetition of the same word or words at the beginning of phrases, clauses, or sentences.
The Beatitudes in the Bible found in Matthew 5:3-10 is a well-known example of this technique with verse after verse beginning with “Blessed are . . .”
I pull this tool from my writer’s tool belt on occasion. Following is an example. My heroine is listening to a concert.
“Elenora savored every movement, every measure, every note as the music transported her to another plane.”
Had I omitted the repetition, the sentence would have lost some of it’s beauty.
“Elenora savored every movement, measure, and note as the music transported her to another plane.”
Yes, yes, yes! Repetition in the hands of a writer who uses it sparingly, intentionally, and wisely can be a wonderful thing.
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I wanna know . . .
What are memorable examples of anaphora that come to mind?
Have you used this technique to add pizazz to your writing?
Do you have examples you’d be willing to share?