epistrophe
Definition - The repeating of words at the end of successive phrases, clauses, or sentences to increase emphasis.

Notes:
1. In rhetoric, anaphora emphasizes words by repeating them at the beginnings of neighboring clauses, whereas epistrophe is the repeating of words at the ends of clauses.

Example -

(1) (epistrophe) When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child.
(1 Corinthians 13:11)

(2) (anaphora) Mad world! Mad kings! Mad composition!
(William Shakespeare, King John, II, i)



Epistrophy (Thelonious Monk)



Etymology -
In Greek the word means "a turning upon."

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1647:
"Feigned speeches, prosopopeias and epistrophes."
(Sprigge Anglia Rediv. (1854) Addr. 8 )



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