Repeat Yourself: Using Anaphora
Sometimes it’s a good thing to repeat yourself. Just look at all of these famous examples of anaphora. Hey, if it’s good enough for Shakespeare, Whitman, Dickens, and Blake, it’s good enough for you.
Anaphora is a device where a word or series of words is repeated at the beginnings of lines or phrases to create emphasis. (One of my favorite poems with anaphora is Miracles by Walt Whitman.)
If you clicked the first link above, you noticed that anaphora is not only used at the beginnings of lines of poetry, but also in prose. So your job today is to use a repeated phrase in a new poem draft – but not just any repeated phrase.
Since it is March, and spring is just around the corner (even here in the Midwest), you could try using one the following phrases as your mantra:
- In spring
- We want
- When the sun
- When I see
- the first
Here is my quick attempt – you do better!
The first bite of the meal is its most savory, flavors tingling your tongue like
the first time he kissed you, the shock and surprise and the melting like
the first bawling breath you drew at birth, announcing your presence like
the first time you stood up to sing a song and they approved like
the first time you brought home that A on your report card, smiling like
the first time you zipped across a jungle canopy on a wire, unafraid like
the first time you put words on the paper and they sang to your bones.