Anaphora Definition | Writing

Anaphora is a literary technique that’s often described as “the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses or verses.” In other words, it’s when you repeat the same word or phrase to emphasize a point — kind of like when you just can’t stop saying, “I mean, I mean, I mean…”

A few famous examples are:

– Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech
– Winston Churchill’s “We shall fight on the beaches”
– The opening of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”