Figures of speech are literary devices which are used to convey ideas that go beyond their literal meaning.
In English, there are more than 200 different types of figures of speech. Repetition is one of them.
Repetition is a figure of speech where a word or phrase within a sentence is repeated. It is done for emphasis or for poetic effect. It is a very frequently used figure of speech.
- I searched and searched and searched. (The act of searching is highlighted and emphasised.)
- He came, He saw, He conquered. (The pronoun ‘He‘ is repeated thrice for emphasis.)
Following are some popular examples of Repetition:
“I‘m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody too?”
—Emily Dickinson, I’m Nobody! Who are You?
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“If you think you can win, you can win.”
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“Because I do not hope to turn again
Because I do not hope
Because I do not hope to turn…”
—T. S. Elliot, Ash-Wednesday
“To the swinging and the ringing
of the bells, bells, bells Of the bells, bells, bells, bells
Bells, bells, bells”
—Edgar Allan Poe, The Bells
“And my father sold me, while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry “‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep!”
—William Blake, The Chimney Sweeper