from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In rhetoric, repetition or resumption; especially, a figure by which the same word or phrase is repeated after one or more intervening words, or on returning to the same subject after a digression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Rhet.) A figure by which the same word or clause is repeated after intervening matter.

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  • noun rhetoric The repetition of the same word or clause after intervening matter.

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  • noun repetition after intervening words


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Ancient Greek to take up.


  • Beginning and ending in 'fear' (an effect also known as epanalepsis), the passage plays with 'dead' and 'live', 'hope' and 'fear' in a way that is at once witty and heartbreaking, since we know that the boys 'lives will soon end.


  • = Professor R.J. Tarrant points out the similar epanalepsis at Hor _Ep_ I xi 9 '_oblitusque_ meorum, _obliuiscendus_ et illis'.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • Up to line 48 the author sets in opposition the types of the Old Testament and the realities of the New, a theme very favourable to epanalepsis.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • Perhaps a better example of epanalepsis would be "Redundancy Department of Redundancy" because his title was meant to emphasize the redundancy.

    Above the Law

  • It could also be argued that you used epanalepsis, though I doubt that was your intention.

    Above the Law

  • If he didn't intend to emphasize dept, then it wouldn't be epanalepsis, would it?

    Above the Law

  • On page 171 epanalepsis is given a different pronunciation and literal meaning than on page 51.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XII No 1


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  • JM and epanalepsis are JM and epanalepsis over and over.

    March 29, 2011

  • Repeat till your poem’s replete

    With hints of the joys indiscreet

    When epanalepsis

    Shall marry prolepsis

    And endlessly loop and repeat.

    December 13, 2017