The epanalepsis 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.

See also



  • Smyth, Herbert Weir (1920). Greek Grammar. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-36250-0.

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