Writing Device: Anadiplosis

Anadiplosis

The term anadiplosis is a Greek word which means “to reduplicate”. It refers to the repetition of a word or words in successive clauses in such a way that the second clause starts with the same word which marks the end of the previous clause.

WHAT?

Simply put, all this means is that you use a word or word-set in a repetitive matter immediately following the first part.

This is Anne’s example of anadiplosis in writing, in writing that can be strengthened, strengthened by using such devices.

I like to use it when I want to have a character make a powerful speech or get his or her point across in a moving way. This is one that can be overused, though, so be sure to monitor your repetition in your manuscript.


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