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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Wise Wednesday Grammar: Figures of Speech (Antistrophe/ Epistrophe )

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Figure of speech.


Antistrophe/ Epistrophe (Greekἐπιστροφή, "return") 
is the repetition of the same word or words at the end of successive phrasesclauses or sentences. It is a figure of speech and the counterpart of anaphora. It is an extremely emphatic device because of the emphasis placed on the last word in a phrase or sentence.

  • Where affections bear rule, their reason is subdued, honesty is subdued, good will is subdued, and all things else that withstand evil, for ever are subdued— Thomas Wilson
  • ... 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
  • When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child—  The Apostle Paul, in the Bible, 1 Cor 13:11 (King James Translation)
  • Senator Mike Mansfield's funeral oration for John F. Kennedy used the phrase "And she took a ring from her finger and placed it in his hands" five times.
  • "Epistrophy," a Thelonious Monk tune that uses an epistrophe of notes.
  • "There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.Lyndon B. Johnson in "We Shall Overcome"
  • "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny compared to what lies within us." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Hourly joys be still upon you! Juno sings her blessings on you. . . . Scarcity and want shall shun you, Ceres' blessing so is on you." — ShakespeareThe Tempest (4.1.108-109; 116–17).

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