Anaphora2 - rhetoricaldevicesmhs

Olivia Dierker
An anaphora is the repeated use of a word or
phrase in the beginning of a sentence. It can
be used for emphasis, but it is also easy to
overdo it, which ruins the effect of it.
"We saw the bruised children of
these fathers clump onto our
school bus, we saw the abandoned
children huddle in the pews at
church, we saw the stunned and
battered mothers begging for help
at our doors."
(Scott Russell Sanders, "Under the
Influence," 1989)
Anaphora can be used for all kinds of
sentences, such as questions,
conclusions, etc. Again, it is nice
for effect but must be used sparingly
at the risk of sounding too emotional.