Symploce: Figure of repetition that combines Anaphora and Epistrophe in which the first and last word or words in one phrase, clause, or sentence are repeated in one or more successive phrases, clauses, or sentences; repetition of the first and last words in a clause over successive clauses.

Ex: "Let us let our own children know that we will stand against the forces of fear. When there is talk of hatred, let us stand up and talk against it. When there is talk of violence, let us stand up and talk against it."

-- William Jefferson Clinton, Oklahoma Bombing Memorial Prayer Service Address

Further Examples 

"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."

-- delivered by Jack Nicholson (from the movie A Few Good Men)

"This is America: Just as we fight hard when the stakes are high, we close ranks and come together when the contest is done. And while there will be time enough to debate our continuing differences, now is the time to recognize that that which unites us is greater than that which divides us."

-- Al Gore, 2000 Concession Speech

"My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it."

-- Ted Kennedy, Eulogy for Robert F. Kennedy

I'm not like all of the other girls.
I can't take it like the other girls.
I won't share it like the other girls
That you used to know.

-- From the song "You Look So Fine" as delivered by Shirley Manson and Garbage.



"We owe protection to those men first, and we owe the security for their families if they die. I say it! I voice it! I proclaim it! And I care not who in heaven or hell opposes it!"

-- John Lewis

Note: Can you spot the anaphoras?

"No one should dare to even think about being the Commander-in-Chief of this country if he doesn't believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home. But don't waste your breath telling that to the leaders of my Party today. They claimed Carter's pacifism would lead to peace -- they were wrong. They claimed Reagan's defense buildup would lead to war -- they were wrong."

-- Zell Miller, 2004 Republican National Convention Address

"We remember today that all our gentle heroes of Vietnam have given us a lesson in something more: a lesson in living love. Yes, for all of them, those who came back and those who did not, their love for their families lives; their love for their buddies on the battlefields and friends back home lives; their love of their country lives."

-- Ronald Reagan, Address at the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

Note: Can you spot the immediately and nonimmediately juxtaposed alliteration?

"Much of what I say might sound bitter, but it's the truth. Much of what I say might sound like it's stirring up trouble, but it's the truth. Much of what I say might sound like it is hate, but it's the truth."

-- Malcolm X

"To the approximately 80,000 living former students, and all family members and communities: The Government of Canada now recognizes that it was wrong to forcibly remove children from their homes, and we apologize for having done this. We now recognize that it was wrong to separate children from rich and vibrant cultures and traditions -- that it created a void in many lives and communities, and we apologize for having done this."

-- PM Stephen Harper, Apology to Indian Students and the First Nations

"Over the last year, the world has seen what we always knew: that no people on Earth are so fearless or daring or determined as Americans. If there is a mountain, we climb it. If there's a frontier, we cross it. If thereís a challenge, we tame it. If thereís an opportunity, we seize it."

-- Donald J. Trump, First State of the Union Address

"If the arc of history is long, we are going to bend this toward a more just outcome. In the courts. In Congress. Wherever we need to go to ensure that net neutrality stays the law of the land. Because if you are conservative or progressive, you benefit from Internet openness. If you come from a small town or a big city, you benefit from Internet openness. If you are a company or a non-profit, you benefit from internet openness. If you are a start-up or an established business, you benefit from Internet openness. If you are a consumer or a creator, you benefit from Internet openness. And if you believe in democracy, you benefit from Internet openness. So letís persist. Letís fight. Letís not stop here or now. Itís too important. The future depends on it.

-- Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Statement Against Restoring Internet Freedom Order

"We follow the rule of law, which means that we follow procedures and we reserve judgment. We complete our investigations and we evaluate all of the relevant evidence before we reach any conclusion. That is how the American people expect their Department of Justice to operate; and that is how our Department is going to operate."

Rod Rosenstein, Presser on Russian Election Hacking Indictment

"[Jerry Buss] was definitely a great owner, one that the players loved. He gave me everything I wanted. You know, I wanted one [contract] extension, he gave it to me. I wanted a second extension, he gave it to me. I wanted a third extension, he traded me."

-- Shaquille O'Neal, Remarks at the memorial for Jerry Buss

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