Anaphora is a poetic technique which derives from the Greek language meaning to "carry back" or "carry up." It is a rhetorical device that consists of parallelism when successive lines or phrases begin with the same words often used in poetry and prayers. The repetitive sequence can be as short as a single word or as lengthy as a complete sentence.
Anaphora creates a rhythmic pattern throughout a written work as well as intensifies the author's emotions in poetry with the use of repetitive sound. Famed English writer, Charles Dickens, is well-known for his use of anaphora in his works. in "A Tale of Two Cities" Dickens writes, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity..." Other writers and public figures throughout history known for mastering the use of anaphora are William Shakespeare, Francis Thompson, Langston Hughes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and T.S. Eliot.
Meaning: The intensity of Kings speech is built through bold statements and rhythmic repetition. Each repetition builds on the one before and is reinforced by Martin Luther Kings ever increasing passion.
Meaning: The repetitive structure used in the above lines make it the most memorable and remarkable start of a narrative ever achieved by a writer. It repeated all the way through the passage makes the readers to focus more on traits of the age they are going to read about.
Meaning: The repetition of the word this creates an emotional effect on the readers particularly who are English. Further, it highlights the significance of England. The repetition of the word dear shows emotional attachment of the writer to the land and expects a similar response from the readers as well.