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The epanalepsis is a figure of speech defined by the repetition of the initial word (or words) of a clause or sentence at the end of that same clause or sentence.[1] The beginning and the end are the two positions of stronger emphasis in a sentence; so, by having the same phrase in both places, the speaker calls special attention to it. Nested double-epanalepses form another figure of speech, which is called an antimetabole.



From the Greek ἐπανάληψις, epanálēpsis, literally meaning "repetition, resumption, taking up again".[2]

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  1. ^ Smyth, Herbert Weir (1920). Greek Grammar. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. p. 673. ISBN 0-674-36250-0. 
  2. ^ Epanalepsis - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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