A-Z Challenge 2015: A is for Anaphora

I am very excited to be participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge for 2015. If you’d like to know more about it you can visit their website. My theme for the month of April will be on grammar. I am learning more and more about grammar as I write and I want to share some useful tips for the writers in the group. Images for the alphabet are courtesy of iconsmysitemyway.com.

What is an anaphora?
Anaphora is deliberately repeating terms at the start of sentences so as to build up to a climax. Not only is it used for giving prominence to ideas, but for adding rhythm to the writing like a song. It’s memorable.


  •  Every day, every night, in every way, I am getting better and better” – from daily speech
  • 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.” – Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • I’m not afraid to die. I’m not afraid to live. I’m not afraid to fail. I’m not afraid to succeed. I’m not afraid to fall in love. I’m not afraid to be alone. I’m just afraid I might have to stop talking about myself for five minutes.”- When the Cat’s Away by Kinky Friedman

Do you have any examples of anaphora in writing that you’d like to share?

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11 Responses

  1. Hi, thank you for telling me about Anaphora. Though I didn’t know the term, I use the technique a lot in my writing.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna’s Scriptorium

    • R.K. Grow says:

      Rachna, I didn’t know the term either. I am finding lots of awesome terms for grammar rules. What until you read what letter Z is at the end of the month. Thank you for stopping by!

  2. betty says:

    That is interesting with anaphora. I was not familiar with the term before. Now I’ll have to start looking for it with the reading I do. Great start to the challenge!


    • R.K. Grow says:

      Thank you for stopping by Betty. I stopped by your blog. Love your theme. I love to learn about people and what they like to do. I love the bench with a view concept. Happy A-Z month! Good luck.

  3. Thanks for sharing this. Like a lot of writers, I use this technique but didn’t know the name for it.

    • R.K. Grow says:

      I also didn’t know the name. I love this technique as a reader. I have used it writing poetry but not in my own fiction writing yet.

  4. Paula Kaye says:

    I had not heard of this term although I do recognize some of the writings! I don’t really fancy myself to be much of a writer. I like to write. I have a story to tell. I will follow your A to Z and learn some grammar lessons. Thank you!!

    Smidgen Snippets & Bits

  5. gapark says:

    Great term. I’ll be more aware and watching for this from now on!

    • R.K. Grow says:

      Don’t you just love the word? I love it. I knew the concept but not what it was called. There are more awesome words coming up in A-Z so stay tuned!

  6. heatherjacksonwrites says:

    I didn’t know there was a word for this! Cool!

  7. Liesel Hill says:

    Great post! I think I use this unconsciously sometimes, but I should make an effort to use it purposely to build suspense, like you said. My theme is similar to yours: editing. My A Post. Have a great weekend! 😀

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