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The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the end of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs, as "government of the people, by the people, for the people" (Abraham Lincoln).

[Greek epistrophē, a turning about : epi-, epi- + strophē, a turning; see strophe.]


(Rhetoric) rhetoric repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses or sentences
[C17: New Latin, from Greek, from epi- + strophē a turning]


(ɪˈpɪs trə fi)

the repetition of a word or words at the end of two or more successive verses, clauses, or sentences, as in “I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong. …”
[1640–50; < New Latin < Greek epistrophḗ; see epi-, strophe]
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Noun1.epistrophe - repetition of the ends of two or more successive sentences, verses, etc.
repetition - the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
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Southampton's disposition is great and "not the worth of my untutored lines." Still, Shakespeare makes the gift of his making or poetry: "What I have done is yours; what I have to do is yours; being part in all I have, devoted yours." What Shakespeare has done and will do is "yours" and here he uses terminal repetition in the clauses or epistrophe to stress that he is giving this repeated play on "done" and "do" (cognates) to you, the dedicatee.
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A visitor watching the artwork EPISTROPHE, by artist Timo Nasseri at the Sharjah Art Museum.
So here with those "tills" and with "had it been" and "has been." And there is a name for a similar ending, as well as one for a similar beginning, epistrophe, to which Farnsworth also devotes a section.
There is also in the poem in the first two lines of the fourth verse the use of epistrophe: the reversal of anaphora; in other words, the repeating of words at the end of rather than at the beginning of poetic units.
The triadic Neoplatonist cosmology of an eternally remaining first principle (mone), a procession (proodos) thereof through the forms into their effects, and a return (epistrophe) of the effects through the forms to the first principle would be adopted by Dionysius the Areopagite throughout his theology, while expressing it in Christian terms.
Moreover, it is explained how the phenomenon of conversion in literary works follows the biblical concepts of epistrophe and metanoia, of which a historical-philosophical background is given.
The Greek term used is epistrophe, translated into Latin as reditio or reflexio.
"It will be up to those who stand here in four years, and 40 years, and 400 years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall." This is epistrophe at its best - the rising series of terms, given extra force with repeating "years" from 4, 40 to 400 - it was saved from bombast by bringing it down to a moment in history.
Final (epistrophe): And his habit of talking aloud, or saying poetry aloud, was growing on him ...
And on the technique of epistrophe, the repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses, he quotes Frederick Douglass: