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Stylistic Devices - Epiphora (Epistrophe)


What is epiphora?

Epiphora (also called epistrophe) is a rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the end of neighboring clauses to give them emphasis. This stylistic device is contrasted with anaphora which consists of repeating words at the beginning of clauses.

Examples of anaphora

Some examples of epiphora are listed below:

1. There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.

Lyndon B. Johnson in We Shall Overcome

2. ... this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address

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