Symploce


Symploce (sim’-plo-see or sim’-plo-kee): The combination of anaphora and epistrophe: beginning a series of lines, clauses, or sentences with the same word or phrase while simultaneously repeating a different word or phrase at the end of each element in this series.

There is darkness in the bunker.

There is fear in the bunker.

There is vomit in the bunker.

There is a youthful terrorist in the bunker.

He has pissed his pants.

He has run out of ammunition.

He has been wounded in his shoulder, arm, and chest.

There is a sucking noise in the bunker.

There is a dupe in the bunker.

Trying to wail for his mother he tastes his blood, shits himself, suffocates, and goes to hell.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

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