What is repetition in literature?


Repetition in literature is a device used to make an idea clearer to the reader. Eleven types of literature repetition models exist to help writers of all skill levels use this device to make their written ideas more memorable to readers.

Anadiplosis is a type of repetition that repeats the last word in a clause or line, while anaphora is the literary device used to repeat words at the beginning of lines or clauses. While numerous other types of repetition devices exist, these ending and beginning examples help to exemplify how powerful these literary tools are at helping drive home the point of prose or poetry.

For example, a word or group of words that is repeated verbatim at the beginning or end of a poem or prose paragraph suggests that all of the other words in the work affect or are affected by the repeated group of words. Therefore, the reader is naturally coaxed into comparing or contrasting the additional words in the work to the repeated words. This helps the reader more easily uncover the meaning behind the writer's words and use the flow of the piece to add to their understanding of the work without growing confused by the potential of multiple meanings within the work.

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