Symploce: Figure of repetition that combines Anaphora and Epistrophe in which the first and last word or words in one phrase, clause, or sentence are repeated in one or more successive phrases, clauses, or sentences; repetition of the first and last words in a clause over successive clauses.

Ex: "Let us let our own children know that we will stand against the forces of fear. When there is talk of hatred, let us stand up and talk against it. When there is talk of violence, let us stand up and talk against it."

-- William Jefferson Clinton, Oklahoma Bombing Memorial Prayer Service Address

 

 

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"You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall -- you need me on that wall."

-- delivered by Jack Nicholson (from the movie A Few Good Men)

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"And while there will be time enough to debate our continuing differences, now is the time to recognize that that which unites us is greater than that which divides us."

-- Al Gore, 2000 Concession Speech

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"My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it."

-- Ted Kennedy, Eulogy for Robert F. Kennedy

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 "...And I'm fallin' over...

I'm not like all of the other girls
I can't take it like the other girls
I won't share it like the other girls
That you used to know

You look so fine."

-- From the song "You Look So Fine" as delivered by Shirley Manson and Garbage.

"We owe protection to those men first, and we owe the security for their families if they die. I say it! I voice it! I proclaim it! And I care not who in heaven or hell opposes it!"

-- John Lewis

Note: Can you spot the anaphoras?

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"No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn't believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home. But don't waste your breath telling that to the leaders of my Party today...They claimed Carter's pacifism would lead to peace -- they were wrong. They claimed Reagan's defense buildup would lead to war -- they were wrong."

-- Zell Miller, 2004 Republican National Convention Address

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"We remember today that all our gentle heroes of Vietnam have given us a lesson in something more: a lesson in living love -- their love for their families lives; their love for their buddies on the battlefields and friends back home lives; their love of their country lives."

-- Ronald Reagan, Address at the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

Note: Can you spot the immediately and nonimmediately juxtaposed alliteration?

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"Much of what I say might sound bitter, but it's the truth. Much of what I say might sound like it's stirring up trouble, but it's the truth. Much of what I say might sound like it is hate, but it's the truth."

-- Malcolm X

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"[Jerry Buss] was definitely a great owner, one that the players loved. He gave me everything I wanted. I wanted one [contract] extension, he gave it to me. I wanted a second extension, he gave it to me. I wanted a third extension, he traded me."

-- Shaquille O'Neal, Remarks at the memorial for Jerry Buss

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