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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.
What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

Meaning: The repetition of series of questions which start with what creates a rhythm that inspires the effect of awe in the readers.

- William Blake (Poem: The Tyger)
Literature Poems William Blake
Five years have passed;
Five summers, with the length of
Five long winters! and again I hear these waters

Meaning: The repetition of the word five at the beginning of each line gives typical melody to the lines that matches well with its nostalgic tone.

- William Wordsworth (Poem: Tintern Abbey)
Literature Poems William Wordsworth
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, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
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.

- Charles Dickens (Book: A Tale of Two Cities)
Literature Charles Dickens
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings...
This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land.

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.

- William Shakespeare (Play: Richard II)
Literature William Shakespeare