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Anadiplosis (/ænədɨˈplsɨs/ AN-ə-di-PLOH-sis; Greek: ἀναδίπλωσις, anadíplōsis, "a doubling, folding up") is the repetition of the last word of a preceding clause.[1] The word is used at the end of a sentence and then used again at the beginning of the next sentence.[2]


  • Noust in the grass / grass in the wind / wind on the lark / lark for the sun /

Sun through the sea / sea in the heart / heart in its noust / nothing is lost

John Glenday, Noust

  • "Turn the lights out now / Now, I'll take you by the hand / Hand you another drink / Drink it if you can / Can you spend a little time / Time is slipping away / Away from us, so stay / Stay with me I can make / Make you glad you came "Glad You Came" by The Wanted
  • "For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime, Young Lycidas and hath not left his peer." —John Milton, Lycidas
  • "Queeg: 'Aboard my ship, excellent performance is standard. Standard performance is sub-standard. Sub-standard performance is not permitted to exist.'" —Herman Wouk, The Caine Mutiny.
  • "Mine be thy love, and thy love's use their treasure." —Shakespeare, Sonnet 20.
  • "Having power makes [totalitarian leadership] isolated; isolation breeds insecurity; insecurity breeds suspicion and fear; suspicion and fear breed violence." —Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Permanent Purge: Politics in Soviet Totalitarianism
  • "What I present here is what I remember of the letter, and what I remember of the letter I remember verbatim (including that awful French)." —Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
  • "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." —Yoda, Star Wars
  • "The frog was a prince / The prince was a brick / The brick was an egg / The egg was a bird" —Supper's Ready by Genesis
  • "Strength through purity, purity through faith." —Chancellor Adam Susan, V for Vendetta
  • "Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love, love is not music and music is the best." – Frank Zappa
  • "We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us." —Romans 5:3–5
  • "They call for you: The general who became a slave; the slave who became a gladiator; the gladiator who defied an Emperor. Striking story." —Commodus, Gladiator (2000 film)
  • "Watch your 'thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they'll become... habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny." Margaret Thatcher in the motion picture The Iron Lady.
  • "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." Jesus in Matthew 23:12.
  • "The years to come seemed waste of breath, / A waste of breath the years behind" - William Butler Yeats "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death"

See also[edit]


  • Corbett, Edward P.J. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student. Oxford University Press, New York, 1971.
  • Smyth, Herbert Weir (1920). Greek Grammar. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. p. 673. ISBN 0-674-36250-0. 
  1. ^ "Anadiplosis". Brigham Young University. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Definition of Anadiplosis". Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

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