The anadiplosis is a stylistic figure from the range of word repetitions, such as the anaphores or epiphyses, and is a special form of the epanalysis. The word “anadiplose” can be derived from the Greek and means repetition or doubling (gr. Ἀναδίπλωσις ~ anadíplōsis).
The anadiplosis is the repetition of the last sentence or word at the beginning of a subsequent sentence or verse, whereby individual elements can be emphasized and amplified.
Construction of the anadiplosis
The anadipose follows a rather simple structure, which functions approximately according to the scheme A B C D E F G G. But this does not depend on the other words that surround the anadiploses. In this case, no particular role is attributed to it.
Anadiplose bei SchillerThe Anadiplose strengthens the word, sneer “. (Schiller).
The above verse comes from Schiller’s poem An Minna. Here, the use of the anadiploses pushes the verb to reverberate into the foreground and thereby experiences the immediate attention of the recipient, that is, the reader.
Examples of anadiplosis
There are numerous examples of the use of an anadiplosis, although it is sometimes quite difficult to distinguish them clearly from other rhetorical figures of repetition.
The following selection is intended to show the peculiarities of the Stilfigur and to show how it works or is used in the text. Nevertheless, it is of course important to interpret and comprehend the verse or sentence in its entirety in order to make no mistake in the naming.
Messiah, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock
Seefahrt, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Iron, Peter Hacks
A look at these examples clearly illustrates the function of the stylistic figure. In the selected sections the respective passage (not again, wind and waves, made of iron) is reinforced. This can, on the one hand, awaken the reader’s attention or emphasize the significance of the written.
Similar style figures
As described, the anadiplosis is considered to be a rhetorical figure of the word repetitions, whereby it is very similar to the following stylistic means, since these also describe peculiarities of repetition. Therefore it can make sense to compare the text passage in question with these figures in order to be able to precisely determine the stylistic means.