epanalepsis  epanalepsis
 ep-an-a-lep'-sis from Gk. ep, "in addition," ana, "again,"
and lepsis, "a taking"
the echo sound, the slow return, resumption

Repetition of the same word or clause after intervening matter. More strictly, repetition at the end of a line, phrase, or clause of the word or words that occurred at the beginning of the same line, phrase, or clause.

"In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these. " —Paul Harvey

"Believe not all you can hear, tell not all you believe." —Native American proverb

"A lie begets a lie." —English proverb

"To each the boulders that have fallen to each."
—Robert Frost, "Mending Wall"

Related Figures

  • anadiplosis
    Anadiplosis also employs repetition at endings and beginnings, but does so by repeating the last word of a line or clause as the first word in the next.
  • symploce
    A combination of anaphora and epistrophe: repeating the same initial and the same ending words in successive lines or clauses.
  • Figures of repetition.
  Sources: Rutil. 1.11; Isidore 1.36.11; Peacham (1577) F3r, I2v; Fraunce (1588) 1.22; Putt. (1589) 210 ("epanalepsis," "the eccho sound," "the slow return"); Day 1599 85; Hoskins (1599)14

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