Welcome, welcome, welcome!
I’m Sarah, and this is dVerse, the poets’ pub – hot and cool words, rhymes on tap, verses to go.
I recently attended a wonderful poetry workshop with the love Anna Saunders (@AnnaSaund1), where we looked at repetition in poetry. We looked at several ways to use repetition, but tonight, I’d like to think about anaphora.
So what is anaphora?
This is what Wikipedia says: anaphora (Greek: ἀναφορά, “carrying back”) is a rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighboring clauses, thereby lending them emphasis
Here are some examples:
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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
From the memories of the bird that chanted to me,Walt Whitman, “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking“
From your memories, sad brother, from the fitful risings and fallings I heard,
From under that yellow half-moon late-risen and swollen as if with tears,
From those beginning notes of yearning and love, there in the transparent mist,
From the thousand responses of my heart never to cease,
From the myriad thence-arous’d words,
From the word stronger and more delicious than any,
From such as now they start the scene revisiting,…
And if it snowed and snow covered the drivePoem – Simon Armitage
he took a spade and tossed it to one side.
And always tucked his daughter up at night
And slippered her the one time that she lied.
And every week he tipped up half his wage.
And what he didn’t spend each week he saved.
And praised his wife for every meal she made.
And once, for laughing, punched her in the face.
And for his mum he hired a private nurse.
And every Sunday taxied her to church.
And he blubbed when she went from bad to worse.
And twice he lifted ten quid from her purse.
Here’s how they rated him when they looked back:
sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that.
It’s a powerful way of creating emphasis, and I think it gives a feel of a litany or a great speech. It’s something we all use quite casually in our verse, but tonight I want you to really lean into it, and work that repetition.
I’d like you to pick one of these verbs as the repeating verb
Remember, these go at the START of the clause, so you might end up with something like:
I Remember by Joe Brainard
I remember a piece of old wood with termites running around all over it the termite men found under our front porch.
I remember when one year in Tulsa by some freak of nature we were invaded by millions of grasshoppers for about three or four days.
I remember, downtown, whole sidewalk areas of solid grasshoppers.
I remember a shoe store with a big brown x-ray machine that showed up the bones in your feet bright green.
And to end with, here’s the Police – the kings of anaphora!
I hope I’ve inspired you! And you know what to do:
- Write that poem!
- Please add a link back to this post – it really increases our readership, and yours.
- Link up to Mr Linky
- Read, read, read and comment, comment, comment!
- Have fun.
Welcome to Poetics, everyone!
As always we have a variety of delicious food items and drinks ready to serve. Please do let me know what you prefer.
I am adding Salmon with red wine sauce to the list.
If you have a sweet tooth like me then do help yourselves to some Blueberry swirl cheesecake with a cup of dark roasted coffee.
Sarah will be with us shortly! See you on the poetry trail! ❤️❤️
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
This is a great method… and something that can be used to build a poem as well…
I agree! I quite enjoyed writing to the prompt as well 😀
Hi Sarah, Sanaa, and all. I incorporated this prompt for my Day 6 Ekphrastic Challenge, so I’ll post it tomorrow, and catch up with reading then, too.
But in the meantime, while I work on other poems, please pass through a slice of cheesecake and a cup of coffee. 😋
Blueberry swirl cheesecake with a cup of dark roasted coffee for the lovely lady 😀 I look forward to reading your poem tomorrow, Merril! ❤️❤️
i really enjoyed writing to this prompt.
Heading over to read you, Rog 😀 so pleased you enjoyed the prompt ❤️❤️
I’m here! Thank you so much, Sanaa! you’re a staar!r!sst
Hey Sarah! You’re most welcome! Anytime ❤️❤️
Thank you, Sarah, for this great prompt. All of my prompts wove together today, as if my destiny. Your prompt took my poem in a really interesting direction I wouldn’t have ever come up with otherwise. Now I can cozy up to the bar. I would like your most mysterious Merlot, darkest chocolate, and a few small slices of your most shocking white cheddar, please. 😊
Merlot with darkest and most delicious of chocolates and a few small slices of white cheddar coming right up! 😀 Happy Tuesday, Maria ❤️❤️
Thank you. Yum. Yum. This is the best pub.
You’re most welcome 😀
Rob Kistner said:
Thank you for hosting Sarah. Guess I remain in a romantic mood this week.
I so love your romantic poems, Rob 😀 Heading over to read you. Happy Tuesday! ❤️❤️
Rob Kistner said:
Thank you Sanaa! I loved falling in love. Did it numerous times until I turned 40 — and my Kathy stole my heart…
That is oh soo romantic, Rob! 😊
Jewish Young Professional "JYP" said:
I want a piece of salmon in red wine sauce. I want a chocolate-chip cheesecake slice. I want a dark roast coffee. I want to read a great poem. 😋
Sorry, couldn’t resist! Love this prompt.
Salmon in red wine sauce 😀 with chocolate chip cheesecake and dark roast coffee coming right up! Loved your poem ❤️❤️
Gillena Cox said:
Posted an old poem. Hope it does justice to today’s prompt.
Heading over to read you! Happy Tuesday, Gillena ❤️❤️
Helen Dehner said:
WOW! I am going to order up a complete dinner, thank you very much! Salmon with red wine sauce, Blueberry swirl cheesecake, a cup of dark roasted coffee. A nice “white” sounds appropriate ……
Salmon with red wine sauce 😀 accompanied with Blueberry swirl cheesecake and a cup of dark roasted coffee .. and a nice “white,” serving you right now, Helen! Happy Tuesday ❤️❤️
I agree! 🙂
Tzvi Fievel said:
Shalom. At first, I was hesitant, to be so repetitive.
However, this worked out fine, especially with the use of rhyme.
Yes! – that’s why I chose this prompt. It feels very awkward, and not what we’d normally do, but some really strong poems have come out of it. Maybe you’ll use it again (maybe in a less extreme way?)
Came home and went straight to the bar. Got a poem out of it, but I’m afraid reviewing the linky will have to wait for tomorrow. Maybe just a water and a pepto for now, thanks.
Water and a pepto coming right up! I look forward to reading you tomorrow ❤️❤️
Hello all , I’m late to the party but happy to be able to join in with your wonderful prompt, Sarah. I very much enjoyed the super powers of repetition. 🙂
This is a great prompt! I really enjoyed working with anaphoras, and the repetition, I must say, give a nice,musical quality to the poems! 🙂
I enjoyed this Sarah, thank you.
De Jackson said:
Hi, all. Great prompt, Sarah! Back to read in the next day or so. Life’s been a whirlwind, on repeat.
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hi Sarah- thank you for hosting and the lovely inspiration!
Barbara S said:
thanks – a bit late to the party, I just have some tap water pleae. Not sure why I did not see the prompt yesterday but hey – looks like fun; thanks Sarah
Thanks Sarah. (K)
Never seem to get in on time.