- In rhetoric, an anaphora is a rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighboring clauses.
- It is used for giving emphasize and also to give rhythm.
- It gives more pleasurable reading experience.
- Possibly the oldest literary device, has its roots in Biblical Psalms.
- Elizabethan and Romantic writers brought this device into practice.
- Eg: What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
— William Blake, The Tyger