Repetition Examples


Repetition is when words or phrases are repeated in a literary work. Repetition is often used in poetry or song, and it is used to create rhythm and bring attention to an idea. Repetition is also often used in speech, as a rhetorical device to bring attention to an idea.

Examples of Repetition:

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

"Oh, woeful, oh woeful, woeful, woeful day!

--Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

"And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep."

--Robert Frost "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

"A horse is a horse, of course, of course,

And no one can talk to a horse of course,

That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed."

--Theme Song from Mr. Ed, television show

"My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,

And every tongue brings in a several tale,

And every tale condemns me for a villain."

--Shakespeare, Richard III

We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have

prostrated ourselves before the tyrannical hands of the ministry and

parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have

produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been

disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.

--Patrick Henry to the Virginia Convention

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