Anaphora (an-NAF-ruh): Figure of repetition that occurs when the first word or set of words in one sentence, clause, or phrase is/are repeated at or very near the beginning of successive sentences, clauses, or phrases; repetition of the initial word(s) over successive phrases or clauses.

Further Examples

"That my heart has been troubled, that I have not sought this nomination, that I could not seek it in good conscience, that I would not seek it in honest self-appraisal, is not to say that I value it the less. Rather, it is that I revere the office of the Presidency of the United States."

-- Adlai Stevenson, 1952 DNC Presidential Nomination Acceptance Address

"This is radical feminism. The agenda that Clinton & Clinton would impose on America: abortion on demand, a litmus test for the Supreme Court, homosexual rights, discrimination against religious schools, women in combat units. That's change, all right. But that's not the kind of change America needs. It's not the kind of change America wants. And it's not the kind of change we can abide in a nation we still call 'God's country.'"

-- Pat Buchanan, Republican National Convention Culture Wars Address

"To raise a happy, healthy, and hopeful child, it takes a family; it takes teachers; it takes clergy; it takes business people; it takes community leaders; it takes those who protect our health and safety. It takes all of us."

-- Hillary Clinton, 1996 Democratic National Convention Address

Note: Can you spot the alliteration?

"The Republicans believe that the wagon train will not make it to the frontier unless some of the old, some of the young, some of the weak are left behind by the side of trail."

-- Mario Cuomo, 1984 Democratic National Convention Address

"We are a people in a quandary about the present. We are a people in search of our future. We are a people in search of a national community. We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present -- unemployment, inflation -- but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America. We are attempting to fulfill our national purpose: to create and sustain a society in which all of us are equal."

-- Barbara Jordan, 1976 Democratic Convention Keynote Address

"What we need in the United States is not division. What we need in the United States is not hatred. What we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness; but is love and wisdom and compassion toward one another; a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country whether they be white or whether they be black."

-- Robert F. Kennedy, Announcing the death of Martin Luther King

  "From the North Pole, all this ice comes down -- even in midsummer -- against the north Canadian coast, which is where Charlie Burton -- South African guy, his skis broke, which was extremely irritating, which I told him. Unfortunately he got fungus; the skin fell off one of his feet; he then got hemorrhoids; he then fell over and cracked his head on a rock and his eyes filled up with blood -- and he started to complain."

-- Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Zeitgeist, 2012 Address

"I am going to discuss this war in which we've been engaged for a hundred and five years; the war declared by Karl Marx in 1848; re-declared and brought down to date by Lenin; again re-declared by Stalin; and again re-declared by the Kremlin within the last five or six weeks."

-- Senator Joe McCarthy

"Upon the national will to sacrifice and to work depends the output of our industry and our agriculture. Upon that will depends the survival of the vital bridge across the ocean, the bridge of ships that carry the arms and the food for those who are fighting the good fight. Upon that will depends our ability to aid other nations, which may determine to offer resistance. Upon that will may depend practical assistance to people now living in nations that have been overrun, should they find the opportunity to strike back in an effort to regain their liberty; and may that day come soon."

-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, On the War in Europe

"I want the American people to know this truth: The FBI is honest. The FBI is strong. And the FBI is, and always will be, independent."

-- James Comey, Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing, 8 June 2017

"Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island. And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island."

-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Pearl Harbor Address

"As a United States Senator, I'm not proud of the way in which the Senate has been made a publicity platform for irresponsible sensationalism. I'm not proud of the reckless abandon in which unproved charges have been hurled from this side of the aisle. I'm not proud of the obviously staged, undignified countercharges that have been attempted in retaliation from the other side of the aisle."

-- Margaret Chase Smith, Declaration of Conscience

"Senators, let me be clear: We are more determined than our opponents, and we will keep fighting. When bad actors try to use our site, we will block them. When content violates our policies, we will take it down. And when our opponents use new techniques, we will share them so we can strengthen our collective efforts."

-- Sheryl Sandberg, Opening Statement to Congress on Facebook Accountability

Note: A type of double anaphora in which words offered within adjacent dependent-independent clauses within the same thought unit are repeated across successive adjacent dependent-independent clauses within the same thought unit. The passage also contains notable parallelism.

"I spend before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States of America. I am NOT the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am NOT the candidate of the women's movement of this country, although I am a woman and I'm equally proud of that."

-- Shirley Chisholm, Presidential Candidacy Announcement

Note: A type of double anaphora in which words offered within adjacent dependent-independent clauses within the same thought unit are repeated across successive adjacent dependent-independent clauses within the same thought unit. The passage also contains notable parallelism.

"Simple trust. That is what has been sorely absent in our relationship in the past, and that is what is required for us to propel and strengthen our relationship in the days, weeks, and years to come. Let us foster trust between our societies. Let us build trust along our common border. Let us take the road less-traveled-by and build confidence every step of the way."

-- President Vicente Fox, Address to a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress

Note: Also contains an allusion to Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

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