is a figure of speech
defined by the repetition of the initial word or words of a clause
or sentence at the end. The beginning and the end are the two positions of stronger emphasis
in a sentence; so, by having the same phrase in both places, the speaker calls special attention to it. Nested double-epanalepses form another figure of speech, which is called a chiasmus
- The king is dead, long live the king.
- Severe to his servants, to his children severe.
- What is Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba?
- I got my mind on my money, and my money on my mind
- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
- Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.
From the Greek epanálépsis
, literally meaning resumption, taking up again.
- Smyth, Herbert Weir (1920). Greek Grammar. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-36250-0.