Today’s post is brought to you by epistrophe and symploce (which can be pronounced with either a hard or soft C at the end) — yes, I used it in my manuscript today. And yes, I’m starting to feel like I’m on Sesame Street. 😀

Epistrophe is similar to anaphora except where in anaphora the phrases/words were repeated at the start of the sentences, in epistrophe, they are repeated at the end of the series of sentences.

The paragraph I’d written that reminded me about this device was:

Both of them knew they were taking a chance. Hayley—and what she’d think of them by the end of the night—mattered. His relationship with Noah, both as a business partner and a friend, mattered. Yet to not take the chance tonight mattered too.

~Leah Braemel, Unashamed


And while we’re on the subject, yes you can combine anaphora and epistrophe.  It’s called symploce.


Another rhetorical device: Epistrophe
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