Epizeuxis

Entertainment / Literature / Epizeuxis: (also called diacope) Uninterrupted repetition, or repetition with only one or two words between each repeated phrase. Typically, the purpose of epizeuxis is to show strong emotion. Peacham writes, 'My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed.' A character in a gothic novel might cry out, 'Oh, horror, horror, horror!' Probably the most dramatic use of epizeuxis is found in Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Bells,' in which Poe writes: To the swinging and the ringing, Of the bells, bells, bells--, Of the bells, bells, bells, bells, Bells, bells, bells--.

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