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Rhetorical devices: Antistrophe - examples and definition

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What is Antistrophe?

Also called Epistrophe, it is the exact opposite of Anaphora in that it involves using the same words at the end of successive phrases, sentences or paragraphs, as in: "I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth."

Antistrophe - examples

Political Antistrophe examples:

"Government of the people, by the people, for the people - President Abraham Lincoln

"The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come" - Nelson Mandela

“I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America, there's the United States of America.There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America” – President Obama

“ … every child has a dream about where they can go or what they can become. Whether that dream is to invent something, start something, build something, or create something, it all starts with the basic skills and confidence that only a good education can provide” – Mitt Romney

It’s used in the Bible:

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things” – 1 Cor. 13:11

In literature:

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. It is asking others to live as one wishes to live”Robert Macauley

"Then I'll be all aroun' in the dark. I'll be ever'where - wherever you look. Wherever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever they's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. . . . . An' when our folk eat the stuff they raise an' live in the houses they build - why, I'll be there" - John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath)

In the movies:

"You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall -- you need me on that wall" – Jack Nicholson (‘A Few Good men’)

“A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break the bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day. This day we fight!” - King Aragorn (‘The Return of the King')

"Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country" - George C. Scott ('Patton’)

And on TV:

“Shel Turtlestein was many things, but above all he was my friend. When I didn’t get a date with Fiona Gunderson, Shel was there. When I didn’t get to play the part of Tevye, Shel was there. And when a raccoon broke into my room, unfortunately, Shel was there" – Manny Delgado’s eulogy to his pet turtle (Modern Family).

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