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Repetition Figurative Language

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And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. And no one can talk to a horse, of course, that is, of course, unless the horse is famous Mr. Ed. We have petition; we have remonstrate; we have supplicate; we have prostrated ourselves before the tyrannical hands of ministry and disregard; and we have been spurn, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.

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Repetition Examples:

Think you havent heard of any famous examples of repetition? Here are some instances of repetition in famous speeches, writings, and quotations: Ashes To Ashes, dust To dust Sad truth is that truth is sad. Horror! Horror! And Raven, never flitting, still sitting, still is sitting and that government of people, by people, for people, shall not perish from earth o Captain! My Captain! Think and wonder, wonder and think about water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop To drink words, words, words give man fish and He will eat for day. Teach man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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Repetition definition

Repetition is the act of repeating sounds, words, phrases, or full sentences. As a literary device, it is used to stress key points, or to achieve certain rhythm, tone, or style of prose, which is why youll often find it in poetry. However, while it can be used to highlight important details or enhance rhythm, repetition needs to be done with care. If you accidentally repeat words or re-state the same information for readers over and over again, it can become jarring. For instance, if youve already told readers that a character has an unusual beauty mark on their shoulder, mention it once and leave it at that. Hearing about beauty marks every time that character is in a scene is tiring. If it is crucial to bring it up more than once, find new and interesting ways of bringing attention to it instead of just stating its existence, maybe you can have another character comment on it. If youre going to repeat a word, phrase, or idea, it needs to have purpose. Pinpoint exactly why it needs to be said again or if there is another way you present it that adds more to the narrative. To figure out the right way to use this literary device, you first have to learn different types of repetition. Need an editor who can help you put 'repetition' to good use? The best freelance editors are on Reedsy. Sign up for free and meet them. Learn more about how Reedsy can help you craft beautiful book.

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Types of repetition

Anadiplosis last word of a clause or sentence is repeated as the first word of the next one. 2. Anaphora word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses or sentences is repeat. 3. Antistasis repetition of words or phrases in different or contrary senses. 4. Conduplicatio frequent repetition of word or phrase within a paragraph, in order to expand upon its meaning. 5. Diacope repetition of words separate be additional words, which alter their meaning. 6. Epanalepsis word both at the beginning and at the end of clause or sentence is repeat. 7. Epimone word or phrase is repeated to place emphasis on its meaning. 8. Epiphora repetition of word or phrase at the end of a series of clauses or sentences. 9. Epizeuxis successive repetition of a word or phrase within one clause or sentence. 10. Negative-Positive Restatement idea or phrase is present in negative terms, and then repeated in positive terms. 11. Polyptoton same root word is repeated in different forms. 12. Symploce repetition of word or phrase both at the end and at the beginning of a clause or sentence.

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Repetition of Sounds

In addition to using repeating words and phrases as a literary device, writers may use repetition of sounds as well. Overall, repetition of sound can provide rhythm, pacing, and musicality to work of poetry or prose. These types of repeated sounds are consonance, assonance, and alliteration. Consonance is repetition of consonant sound in a group of words, such as there is little butter in bottle. Assonance is repetition of vowel sounds, such as this lake take cake. Alliteration is repetition of sound in the initial letter of a group of words, such as selling sails is somewhat silly. Though repetitions of sounds are also effective literary devices, in general literary term repetition refers to intentional use of recurring words and phrases in poetry or prose. However, in a broad sense, repetition as a literary device includes repeating sounds through consonance, assonance, and alliteration as well.

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Unnecessary Repetition

Sometimes repetition in writing is not used intentionally. It may be that the writer has limited vocabulary or added phrases or clauses that repeat words or ideas without adding to the overall meaning or impact of the piece. In these cases, repetition should be avoid, as they can bog down your writing and make it dull or difficult for your reader to follow. For example: in this sentence, it is not necessary to mention the grocery store twice. Either one of phrases can be eliminated without changing the meaning of the sentence. In this sentence, eleanor is used too many times. This excess repetition can be addrest by substituting pronouns or using short phrases to replace names as needed

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Why Do Writers Use Repetition?

Give large number of figures of speeches that use Repetition, it stands to reason that writers use Repetition for all sorts of different reasons. That say, it's possible to describe some general reasons that writers might choose to use Repetition: emphasis: Repetition of word or phrase naturally serves to highlight it's importance within text and as a thing or idea. Persuasion: Scientific studies have shown that simply repeating something is one of the most effective ways to convince people of its truth. Figures of speech that use repetition are common in speeches for just this reason. Contrast: Sometimes by repeating the same thing in slightly different contexts, it is possible to illuminate contrasts. For instance, in sentence, what you own ends up owning you, Repetition of own highlights contrast or twist in sentence, which argue that things you buy to improve your life can end up limiting and influencing your life choices. Rhythm: Repetition creates natural rhythm, like beats of drum, within a sentence. Repetition, then, is not just valuable for how it can allow the writer to control the meaning of sentences. It can also help writer to affect the feel of those sentences.

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V. Examples in Literature

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TermDefinitionExample
AlliterationThe repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllablesThe wild and woolly walrus waits and wonders when well walk by
AssonanceA resemblance of sound in words or syllablesholy stony and Fleet feet sweep by sleeping geese
ClicheA word or phrase that has become overly familiar or commonplaceNo pain, no gain
HyperboleBig exaggeration, usually with humormile-high ice-cream cones
IdiomThe language peculiar to a group of peopleShe sings at the top of her lungs
MetaphorComparing two things by using one kind of object or using in place of another to suggest the likeness between themHer hair was silk
OnomatopoeiaNaming a thing or an action by imitating the sound associated with itbuzz, hiss, roar, woof
PersonificationGiving something human qualitiesThe stuffed bear smiled as the little boy hugged him close
SimileA figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or asThe sun is like a yellow ball of fire in the sky

Do you prefer spicy chicken, pork, or salty fish for the main course? Students should work to recognize that the underlying structure involves adjectives preceding two food options and should rewrite sentences to include one for pork. Answers will, of course, vary, but all are valid as long as they conform to a pattern. For example: do you prefer spicy chicken, sweet pork, or salty fish for the main course? These are just some of the various ways that language is commonly used figuratively. There are many more, of course, though some of these can be quite rarely used It is best to start with these more common ones first, before moving onto some of the more complex literary devices available. Spending some time working on figurative language in isolation will help students to understand how to use various figures of speech in their own writing. But, to use them in a confident and unselfconscious manner will require lots of reinforcement in their use throughout the school year. While early attempts to weave them into their own writing may seem stilted and unnatural, with time and practice they will become part of students ' personal style and help enable them to articulate and express their thoughts in an artistic and coherent manner.

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