Anaphora with examples

What is anaphora?

A rhetorical figure or literary figure is called anaphora , which is used to give the written text greater beauty or greater expressive power , and which consists in the repetition of a word or several, at the beginning of a sentence or verse , in the case of poetry , or of a word or a syntactic group, in that of prose.

This literary figure should not be confused with the grammatical or linguistic term that bears the same name ( anaphora ), and that consists in referring a term by means of a pronoun or a deictic before the noun appears in the following sentence.

Anaphora  is often used in poetic texts , especially in rhymes, or in speech pieces, since repetition gives them a more powerful, more spectacular effect, as read. This power has to do with musicality and the rhythm of language .

This resource is classified within the rhetorical repetition figures , that is, those that bet on the reuse of some element of the written text. Other examples of this are polysyndeton, parallelism, pun, chiasmus, paronomasia or diaphora, to name just a few of the same category.

Examples of anaphora

Some diverse examples of anaphora are the following:

  • Run ,  run , I reach you!
  • Together  we will achieve the goal. Together we will  succeed. Together , never apart.
  • Green  grape leaf on his forehead /  green  the aurora borealis announcement
  • ” Here  was Troy,  here  my misery”
  • Go  up that road, go  up  and back up, until you conquer the top.
  • I walked  so many  paths to be among you …  So many  and so long, you wouldn’t believe me.
  • This was a man  so ,  so  envious, that …
  • Green , I love you  green .
  • We had  achieved it. We had  finally defeated him.
  • Then I saw her: the one  with  the green eyes,  the  tight pants,  the  matchless face.

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