Friday Freewrite: Anaphora

Friday Freewrite Anaphora

Anaphora is a literary device or technique where a number of phrases begin with the same word or words, like:

  • Mad world! Mad kings! Mad composition!” – King John II, William Shakespeare
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” – A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • Monkey see, monkey do.”

Writers might use anaphora to express a strong feeling, emphasize a point, give rhythm or structure to a list, or make an idea easy to remember.

Now it’s your turn! Create a few phrases using anaphora, and choose some of these words to repeat (or think of your own):

  • Welcome to
  • Long
  • I am
  • Truth is
  • A candle
  • Stinky

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