Rhetorical Device Epanalepsis


President John Kennedy said, “Mankind must put an end to war — or war will put an end to mankind.”

Our ears heard it, but we could not believe our ears.

The theory sounds all wrong; but if the experiment is a success, I cant worry about theory.

Next time there won’t be a next time.”   (Phil Leotardo in The Sopranos)

To report that a raise in wages is still under discussion is to tell us that there is nothing to report.

Nothing is worse than doing nothing.


Filed under Rhetorical Devices

2 responses to “Rhetorical Device Epanalepsis

  1. ladywinfred

    Anyone wonder who comes up with the unpronounceable names for these pesky little rhetorical devices? Come on, epanalepsis? Even spell-check doesn’t recognize it. I can’t wait to throw it out at my next cocktail party: “Myrtle, darling, have you been caught using any epanalepses lately? No? Hmmm, you’re saying our ears heard it but we shouldn’t believe our own ears?” Thanks, Jules.



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