Topics: Rhetoric

(not to be confused with Anaphora (Linguistics))

In rhetoric, anaphora is a rhetorical device that consists of the repeated insertion of specific words at the beginning of neighbouring clauses. Anaphora is used for emphasis.

Take the following example in a portion of Winston Churchill’s famous ”We shall not fight on the beaches” speech:

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.