Antistrophe Definition | Writing

Antistrophe is the hilarious cousin of antithesis. When you‘re feeling particularly punny, antistrophe can help you take your writing to the next level. It‘s the repetition of the same word or phrase at the end of successive clauses like a tongue twister and can be used to add emphasis, humor, or even a little poetry to your writing

A few famous examples are:

  • “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “To be, or not to be: that is the question.” – William Shakespeare
  • “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” – Abraham Lincoln