Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Rhetorical Devices Anastrophe and Antanaclasis

primal forestAnastrophe is the deliberate changing of normal word order for emphasis. For example:

“Enter the forest primeval.”

“On a black cloak sparkle the stars.”

“Bright he was not.”

Antanaclasis is when the same word is repeated but with a different sense each time.  Antanaclasis creates comic effect when used in the form of irony and pun. Political leaders make use of this technique in order to persuade and draw the attention of audience.

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired, with enthusiasm.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said:

antanaclasis by Martin Luther King Jr.

Groucho Marx in 1933 said:

Antanaclasis Groucho Marx


  1. Very useful. Thanks

  2. ladywinfred says:

    More of those pesky rhetorical devices!! Who thinks up these little darlings? Lots of fun, though — thanks, Julaina.

  3. I love your blog !!!!! Thanks, dear Julaina!

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