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- n. Repeating words in immediate succession.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure by which a word is repeated with vehemence or emphasis, as in the following lines: -
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient prosody, union of two successive Ionics a minore so that the last syllable of the first and the first syllable of the second interchange quantities: thus, ⌣ ⌣ – ⌣ | – ⌣ – – for ⌣ ⌣ – – | ⌣ ⌣ – –.
- n. In rhetoric, immediate or almost immediate repetition of a word, involving added emphasis. An example of accumulated (fourfold) epizeuxis is:
- n. See palillogy. Also called diplasiasmus.
The figure of speech, here, which is known as epizeuxis, is very difficult to do well.
Most are not words to slip into casual conversation — Great epizeuxis in your presentation, George!
They spelled from the grammars, hyperbole, synecdoche, and epizeuxis.
Of the remaining long list of figures, the Irish are particularly disposed to the epizeuxis, as 'indeed, indeed -- at all, at all,' and antanaclasis, or double meaning.
And onomatopoeic epizeuxis (say that three times fast!) is often laughable.
But the balance here between the two instances of epizeuxis, each in the midst of a more flowing sentence, in a stanza that marks a sharp and emotional turn in the action, is reasonably well done.