symploce symploce
 sim'-plo-see or
from Gk. sym, "together" and plekein "to weave"
Also sp. symploche, symploke
adjunct, circulo rhetorica, conplexio
the figure of reply

The combination of anaphora and epistrophe: beginning a series of lines, clauses, or sentences with the same word or phrase while simultaneously repeating a different word or phrase at the end of each element in this series.
  "Against yourself you are calling him,
against the laws you are calling him,
against the democratic constitution you are calling him" —Aeschines
Related Figures

  Sources: Ad Herennium 4.14.20 ("conplexio"); Sherry (1550) 47 ("symploce," "conplexio"); Suarez ("complexio" "symploche") 59r; Peacham (1577) I1v; Fraunce (1588) 1.21 ("symploce," "complexio," "comprehensio"); Putt. (1589) 209 ("symploche," "the figure of replie"); Day 1599 85 ("symploche"); Hoskins (1599)13 ("symploce," "complexio")

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