Epistrophe (pronounced ih-pis-truh-fee) is when a certain phrase or word is repeated at the end of sentences or clauses that follow each other. This repetition creates a rhythm while emphasizing the repeated phrase. Epistrophe is also known as epiphora and antistrophe.
Epistrophe is important in both everyday conversation and more formal speeches. Epistrophe is a simple but effective way of emphasizing a certain idea and is used often by speechmakers for this reason. It emphasizes certain ideas, arousing emotion in listeners and readers more than a simple sentence would otherwise. Because epistrophe also adds rhythm to a passage, it creates a more enjoyable and memorable phrase.
1. Last week, he was just fine. Yesterday, he was just fine. And today, he was just fine.
2. I’m tired of this job. I’m over this job. I’m done with this job!
3. The award for best hair went to Josh. The award for most likely to succeed went to Josh. And the award for most charming? It went to Josh!