is a figure of speech
in which parallelism is reinforced by members that are of the same length. A well-known example of this is Julius Caesar
's "Veni, vidi, vici
" ("I came; I saw; I conquered), which also illustrates that a common form of isocolon is tricolon
, or the use of three parallel members.
It is derived from the Greek, iso ("same") and kolon ("member", "clause").
- "They have suffered severely, but they have fought well." Winston Churchill Speech to the House of Commons June 18, 1940
- "Let each man search his conscience and search his speeches." Winston Churchill Speech to the House of Commons June 18, 1940
- "I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse." Charles V
- "Many will enter. Few will win" Nabisco
- "No ifs, ands, or buts." English Proverb
- Corbett, Edward P.J. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student. Oxford University Press, New York, 1971.
- Smyth, Herbert Weir (1920). Greek Grammar. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-36250-0.