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Isocolon is a figure of speech in which parallelism is reinforced by members that are of the same length. A well-known example of this is Julius Caesar's "Veni, vidi, vici" ("I came; I saw; I conquered), which also illustrates that a common form of isocolon is tricolon, or the use of three parallel members.
It is derived from the Greek ἴσος (ísos), "equal" and κῶλον (kôlon), "member, clause".
- "They have suffered severely, but they have fought well", Winston Churchill, Speech to the House of Commons, June 18, 1940.
- "Let each man search his conscience and search his speeches." Winston Churchill Speech to the House of Commons, June 18, 1940.
- "I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse", Charles V.
- "Many will enter. Few will win", Nabisco.
- "With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage", Claudius, Act 1 Scene 2 of Hamlet.
- "Many are called, but few are chosen", Biblical Proverb Matthew 22:14
- Corbett, Edward P.J. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student. Oxford University Press, New York, 1971.