Repition in Poetry Essay

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Repetition In Language And Poetry Repetition is a literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a couple of times to make an idea clear. We hear repetition all around us: commercials repeat sales and slogans to intensify what they are saying and to drill them into our heads. When a teacher is trying to get her/his point across, she is going to repeat it multiple times because that is the way we learn. Repetition makes it easier for us to remember lines, words, phrases. Poets use repetition in a very powerful and different ways to create a rhythm, or emphasize their feelings and ideas. That is how they draw a person’s attention to a certain idea. The literary device anaphora is “the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs” (Dictionary). In poetry, this method and other forms of repetition can be extremely useful in delivering the full meaning of a poem. Different cultures have all engaged and written great poetry using the idea of repetition, but each culture uses it to show a different meaning or purpose in the speech. Among the most interesting cultures that vary in their usage of repetition are the Native Americans, the Spanish, and the Japanese. In poems from these cultures we see the use of repetition reflect each of their unique histories, values, or perception of the world. In the Native American poems, anaphora is used in a specific way that is rooted in their history; before writing had developed, oral tradition was the primary method to pass on the tribe’s history, beliefs, and lessons. In these oral traditions the tribe leaders or story tellers would repeat lines of stories in order to make important concepts stand out; the repetition also gave the stories a song like quality that made the lesson easy to remember. The repetition used in oral history was then

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