Skill: Repetition

Repetition is a technique for emphasizing ideas. By repeating a phrasing, sentence structure, or idea it emphasizes that idea and leaves a lasting impression on the reader’s mind. Do not confuse this with being redundant, which is repeating an idea for no good reason or due to lazy writing!

Example: FDR’s Pearl Harbor Speech

“Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.”

This repetition is effective because it reminded American’s of the severity of the attacks.

Example: The chorus of any song. Often the main idea of a song is in its chorus.

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