Classical Rhetoric: Schemes of Repetition

You like repeating yourself, I like repeating myself, we all like repeating ourselves right? Wrong. At some point, we have all found repetition to be a bugbear. Whether it’s repeating your drink order again and again at a noisy bar, rereading the same line of a book over and over, or your partner’s mother asking you to put your shoes in the shoe cupboard for the eightieth time, repetition can be annoying. So, what would you say if I told you that repetition (when used in the right way) can be a very powerful tool in written or verbal communication?

Repetition comes in many more forms than just the exasperation of a parent who has continually asked their child to tidy the bedroom for three weeks. The best known, and most commonly used, is called anaphora. Anaphora has been utilised in writing for as long as people have been engaging with the craft. Look at speeches and literature, and you will see this technique used liberally; Shakespeare used anaphora in many of his poems and scripts, Churchill’s famous speech ‘we will fight them on the beaches… .’ is filled with it, even John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath uses this technique. The beauty of anaphora is that it is easy to use, all you have to do is repeat the same word (or group of words) at the beginning of successive clauses.

Following on from last week’s post, in which I introduced you to the structure of Classical Rhetoric, this article will present you with a (by no means exhaustive) list of some schemes of repetition that you can use to enhance your writing. Here we go.

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A Solipsist’s Grandiloquent Susurrus: Wednesday Wordage

Anybody who knows me personally is thrilled (horrified) whenever I learn a new word. In fact, they can’t wait to hear me use that word in every single possible context during conversation or Facebook communication. Okay, perhaps it is an annoying habit, but it is hard to deny that learning a new thing is exciting.

So, here we are! Standing on the threshold, watching the reincarnation of the weekly post about words here on LiteraryFuzz. In the previous years, I have written Wednesday Wordage in a single word to single post format. With the advent of the new year, I decided that the way this blog was written needed to change; hence the focus on a more long-form post style. With this in mind, the board of directors (me) made an executive decision (just thought of the idea now) to include three words with each post.

Without further adieu, let us indulge in some grandiloquence and talk about those funky words.

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Dealing With Blue Monday

Today, across the UK, people are feeling the effects of Blue Monday. A day that, according to a light-hearted formula created in 2005 by Dr Cliff Arnall, is the most depressing day of the year. I think they are important, those two words: ‘light-hearted.’ It is a light-hearted observation of the stress caused by Christmas debts, going back to school, and the terrible weather. That, however, is where it ends.

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I’m Going to The London Book Fair!

I’m going to The London Book Fair!

I’m incredibly excited, as both a writer and a publishing student, to be able to attend the book fair this year. This opportunity has been afforded to me, and fellow publishing students from my university, in order to expand and develop our knowledge and understanding of the business (in other words, our tickets were free. Huzzah!)

So what exactly is The London Book Fair? My immediate thoughts (before educating myself) were cast back to the little book fairs you had at primary school. Continue reading “I’m Going to The London Book Fair!”

A Neglectful Writer and the Things He has Learnt

     I have been a bad writer. I have been a very bad writer. Not bad at writing, but bad at being a writer. Perhaps bad isn’t the right word, neglectful seems more appropriate. Neglectful of my blog, neglectful of my ideas, and neglectful of the very thing I set out to pursue.

     When I started my journey of writing I had a clear cut goal; to create the fantasy novel I pictured so vividly in my head. I had a defined method on how to achieve that goal; go to university to do a creative writing degree, keep reading, and keep writing. I was sure that somewhere along the way I’d become kind of good.

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Wednesday Wordage | Vertiginous

The weekly word. The section of the blog where I chose a word, define it, and give examples.


Vertiginous

Adjective

Say: ver-tijuh-nuh s

Definition:

  1. extremely high or steep.
  2. whirling; spinning; rotary:
  3. affected with vertigo; dizzy
  4. inclined to frequent and often pointless change

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A Word on Rejectamenta: Why I Chose a New Tagline

Having just polished off another fantastic novel by China Miéville, Perdido Street Station, I found myself Googling him. Miéville has captured my mind in a way many authors fail to. I had to know more about him. On the first list of results, I stumbled across his personal blog titled Rejectamentalist Manifesto: China Miéville’s Waste Books. It’s a humble little website with threads of philosophical insight weaved throughout it.

What really struck me was the title. Having no idea what a rejectamentalist was I once again turned to Google, and here is what I found:

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